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Etch-A-Snap Camera Does the Drawing for You

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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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Peak Design’s Travel Tripod is REVOLUTIONARY for Photographers

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Travel Tripod has so far raised over $5 million on Kickstarter by appealing to professional photographers and amateurs alike with its efficient, portable frame. What sets Travel Tripod apart is that it eliminates the dead space between the legs, taking up around half the volume and saving you packing space.

The brand behind this innovative tripod Peak Design reworked the legs into a hexagonal shape that neatly fold together with the centre column. The result is a full-sized tripod with a total retracted diameter of just 8.25cm. So roughly the width of a water bottle. The tripod’s total packed length is 39.4cm.

Travel Tripod is among the quickest-to-deploy using a system of non-inverted legs that rapidly open along an aligned system of locking cam levers. With three swift hand movements, the legs can be fully extended and ready for action. Taking the camera mount into consideration, the tripod has a fully extended height of 152.4cm.

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Peak Design also optimised the ball head to operate more fluidly while still prioritising spatial efficiency. A single adjustment ring controls the smooth 360-degree movement. A quick-release plate facilitates lightning-fast camera attachment easily accommodating a full frame DSLR with a telephoto lens.

Travel Tripod marks Peak Design’s eight successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $20 million total. Its range of products has expanded to include bags, pouches, slings, straps and now tripods.

There’s still plenty of time for you to lock-in your own Travel Tripod on Kickstarter for a discounted price. The aluminium version is priced from USD$289 while the carbon fibre model starts at USD$479. Orders are expected to ship out by Xmas 2019 with a retail release to follow.

You could always wait until then, but you are guaranteed to pay more.

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DJI Launches Osmo Action Camera to Rival GoPro

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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

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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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