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Etch-A-Snap Camera Does the Drawing for You



Etch-a-sketch is billed as a toy with a fairly simple design. It’s been around for 60 years, and remains a favourite among children and adults. You use two knobs to move a stylus in the toy that displaces aluminium powder on the back of a screen to create lineographic images. Some people have truly mastered the toy, but for the rest of us, it’s a skill that we haven’t quite acquired. Fortunately, there’s a way to cheat.

The Etch-A-Snap just might be the world’s first Etch-A-Sketch camera. The device combines the classic toy with a modern Raspberry Pi Zero to create the lineographic image you want. Here’s how it works. Using the mounted camera, the Etch-A-Snap lets you take a photo, then it processes that photo using Pillow and OpenCV to create a low-res version of the photo. That low-res version is translated into a series of plotter commands using networks. Two 5V stepper motors control the knobs. Then, within 15 minutes to an hour, you’ll have an Etch-A-Sketch version of the photo you just took.

You can create your own Etch-A-Snap using the write up for the project. You can even download all the scripts and codes needed for the program. Just remember, unlike a Polaroid, you don’t want to shake this photo.

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DJI Launches Osmo Action Camera to Rival GoPro




Chinese drone-producing behemoth DJI has come out of the gates today with a bold new product announcement: The Osmo Action camera.

In an obvious bid to put pressure on rival camera producer GoPro, who are famed for their small action cameras but not so much for their drones, DJI’s new device will shake up a very competitive market.

As far as the Osmo Action goes in terms of specs, users will enjoy high-quality stills and video, 4K/60fps at 100Mbps video and more dynamic detail with HDR video. They’ve also included their famous RockSteady technology, which combines EIS with complex algorithms, delivering stable, shake-free footage. There’s also everything else one would expect from a DJI device, including slo-mo, timelapse and custom exposure settings if you want to ramp up your photography game.

DJI is claiming a very robust build to keep it in line with market expectations (read: it’s just as tough as a GoPro) and, of course, myriad accessories, mounts and adapters so you can stick it on just about anything and record that perfect flip/wave/mountain/jump, etc.

Perhaps most excitingly, however, is the claim that the Osmo Action will film at 93 minutes at 4k resolution: that’s around 50 per cent more battery life than the top of the line GoPro.

The DJI Osmo Action retails for a cool AUD$499, and is available from their online store as of today (and will hit retailers in June).

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IVY Cliq+ Instant Camera Printer Brings Your Photos into the Real World




Having cameras on phones has made snapping shots of special moments easy, but those photos get lost in a cloud and forgotten. The photos that stand the test of time seem more to be those that are brought out of the digital world and into the real world. But having to wait for those photos to develop can be tedious when you want to immediately remember special occasions.

Canon’s Ivy Cliq+ Instant Camera Printer meets both needs.

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IVY isn’t what you would call a professional camera. It falls more on the simple and fun side of cameras. Its 8-megapixel sensor is surrounded by an LED light ring. The sensor detects how much light there is and then illuminates either four or eight of the LEDs. There isn’t a display on the camera, just a viewfinder.

IVY connects to your phone using Bluetooth. With the Canon Mini Print app, you can take remote shots if you want group pictures. The app also provides different filters, frames, and even text. Alternatively, you can just hit print on the camera and the photo will print out of the side of the camera, giving you an instant memento. You can also hit reprint for a second copy.

The photos print in either 2X2 or 2X3 format. If you don’t want a print right now, you can also save the photo to a microSD card.

You can pick up an IVY CLIQ+ for USD$159.99.

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2019 Nikon Surf Photo of the Year Finalists




Whether you’re a photographer, surfer or just like cool shit – the 2019 Nikon Surf Photo of the Year Comp will have something to tickle your fancy. Many of us have an indescribable pull towards the big blue splash pool, but there’s no doubt that the following photographers have got the bug a little more than everyone else. Like a pisshead to the pub, these shutterbugs probably spend more time submerged in salt water than they do with their family. As heartbreaking as this image is, push the thought aside and look at the results before you worry about little Timmy’s relationship with his father.

The Nikon Surf Photo Comp is a cracking opportunity for budding surf videographers and photographers alike to have their name and work celebrated. Alongside Surfing Australia, Nikon brought together a panel of thirteen high-profile judges (including a personal hero of mine Steph Gilmore) to determine who will be taking home the crown for the best Surf Photo for 2019.

The photographs are assessed on:

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Dramatic affect and sensory impact
  • Uniqueness and
  • Creative composition

This might sound like simlish to you, the main point is that these are some bloody pretty pictures. Have a sticky beak and let us know your thoughts. Winners will be announced at the Surfing Australia Awards Night on April 2nd.

Ted Grambeau – Monster Nias

Ted Grambeau – Gold Nias

Ted Grambeau – Late Larry

Stu Gibson – Pumping Lightning

Simon Williams – Flying

Scott Harrison – The Reward

Russel Ord – Tom Carrol

Paul Smith – Unfinished Smypathy

Matthew Tidesley – Nocturnal Impact

Matthew Tidesley – Nocturnal Curl

Jack Respondak – Harry Bryant, South Coast

Jan Wainwright-Wilson – Welcome Ceremony

Ed Sloan – Stephanie Gilmore

Duncan Macfarlane – Anthony Walsh, Pipeline

Angus Sheridan – Sunset Air

Andrew Kaineder – North Atlantic Power

Scott Bauer – Marcus Moments

Ray Collins – Mountains

Winners will be announced at the Surfing Australia Awards Night on April 2nd.

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