Siddharth Kambe designed the aerial camera Skyros because, after all, doesn’t everyone want a bird’s eye view of their neighborhood? Launch up to 120 feet and prescreen photos with its inbuilt sensor. The protective rings open and become a tripod for use as a regular cam. The prototype is made with a biopolymar that contains a pneumatic cylinder, carbon-dioxide canister, RF transmitter/receiver, microprocessor, battery and an LCD screen.
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Heading for a trip w-a-a-a-y up north? Olympus has updated their 1030 with the Stylus 1050 SW. It is not only waterproof, shockproof, and freeze-proof, it can handle depths of 10 ft. of water. It has Tap Control, which means that you can shoot with your thickest gloves on. Touch the side, back, or front to make adjustments. It also has a 2.7-inch LCD screen, a 3x optical zoom, a 1/2.33-inch 10.1 Mpix CCD sensor, face detection, and a True Pic III image processor. Look for an October launch for $299.99.
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We have found a webcam for narcissists. The three-in-one Mirror Web Camera works as a regular webcam with a 1.3 megapixel resolution, a mirror for those times when the boss is coming, and a spycam for unsuspecting coworkers. The mirror has 24 white LEDs to really make you feel all-important. The cam works with IM or Skype, supports USB 1.0 and 2.0, and has a SuppoLens for rotation adjustment. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, the 150 x 260 x 120mm device comes with a cable and adapter and carries a price of $79.00.
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For those who really need steady cameras, Sony will be releasing its new ultra-compact CyberShot DSC-T77 that has a 10M CCD sensor with 4X optical zoom, Smile Shutter technology, and a 3-inch, 230,000 colors LCD screen. Available in black, silver, green, pink or brown, the Cam is only 13.9mm thick. Once again, this one will first come out in Japan September 15 with a price of ¥38,000 (~$345.00,) although we suspect it will be on its way Stateside in time for the holidays.
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Working under a grant from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, scientists Yonggang Huang and John Rogers have made an eye-shaped camera that they say could improve digital cameras and enhance imaging. They designed a mesh-like material with tiny squares connected by wires. This prevents breakage that would occur with simple bending. The pair are hoping that someday their eye cam can be used as an artificial retina or bionic eye.
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And yet another cheapy mini-cam hits the market. The Busbi Video Digital Camera is made for those who want simple. It features only 4 buttons: on/off, delete, playback, and record. With a 2-inch LCD screen, attach by USB to play back on your computer or hook up to your TV with the included AV cable. The Busbi comes with a 1GB SD card for about 60 minutes, and you can upgrade to a 2 GB card for making those epic 2 hour videos. Send them to YouTube or other social networks. The cam is available at Firebox’s London site for £34.95 (~$68.00.)
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Would you really what to know what your dog or cat has been up to? Now you can with Uncle Milton’s Pet Eye View Digital Camera. The mini-cam clips to your pet’s collar as the built-in timer automatically takes pictures every 1, 5, or 15 minutes. It has a water-resistant ABS housing and comes with a lithium-ion battery, and USB cable and charger. While the gadget is creative, we are not sure we would spend the $44.99 to see images of dust bunnies and ancient crumbs that our cat would find behind the refrigerator.
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Samsung is about to make their entry into the YouTube camera category with their SC-MX20. The camcorder has a 680 pixel CCD sensor with a 720x480 res, an aspect ratio of both 4:3 and 16:9, a 2.7-inch LCD display, a Scheider 34x optical zoon, and a swivel grip. It also features noise reduction tech, 3 hours of battery life, and Samsung’s Advanced Image Stabilization technology. Available in black, red, white, or silver, look for the SC-MX20 in August for $279.99.
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Sharp has come up with a teeny, tiny 5MP camera with auto-focus which they say is the planet’s smallest. Set to come out en masse in July, we suspect that the CMOS cam module RJ63SC100 will become available on some of their holiday handhelds and other mobile products. Maybe they will lend out the design for spy-stuff which also continues to get smaller and smaller. Then again, perhaps it will inspire other companies to beat the diminutive size so that they can have the smallest.
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Creative has come up with its own version of the Flipvideo, the Vado. The basic point, press, and shoot pocket video camera can capture up to 2 hours of video with 2x digital zoom. Playback is instant on the 2-inch LCD screen and uploading on YouTube or Photobucket is available when you connect to your PC. Recharge the AA batteries via USB or change out (extras not included) for more time. The price on the Vado, which comes in silver or pink, is $99.00.
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