Legendary camera company Red have made the leap into the mobile phone market with one of the most highly anticipated phones to be pressed up against people’s heads. The Red Hydrogen One is that phone and after a year of delays 300 lucky people are now experiencing the Red magic. Master unboxer Marques Brownlee was one of the lucky 300 and his unboxing video now has many people both drooling and jealous, in equal parts.
The digital camera wars are heating up again with the big names finally introducing full frame mirrorless pro cameras. In the last few weeks Nikon has fired the first salvos with the announcement of their new Z series mirrorless pro shooters. These two new models will herald the beginning of a new war for supremacy in the pro camera market, no longer will Sony have this market virtually to itself.
Red, the makers of some of the most desirable high end camera gear are branching out to make a mobile phone. Red being Red you can be guaranteed that this will be no normal Android mobile phone, not by any stretch of your imagination. Early demonstrations seem to suggest this is exactly the right assumption, from its titanium industrial looking body to its holographic display this is shaping up to be a work of high tech art. Red are aiming to manufacture nothing short of a cinematic revolution that can fit into your pocket.
Intel is well known for its ability to craft silicon, this week it has taken to setting world records with drones, 500 to be precise. After taking the record from a bunch of noodle eating students in 2015 Intel technicians decided to step it up this year and so 500 was decided on as the magic number.
The small industrial village of Krailling in Germany saw Intel, Guinness (counting clicker in hand), a few guests and an orchestra gather for a record attempting performance. For this performance Intel managed to gather and launch a fleet of custom drones so large that it was detectable by radar. The FAA had to be notified before launching each performance.
Some say necessity is the father of all invention, others say nagging is the mother of all necessity. The Mill Blackbird on the other hand is the answer to a number of video production questions. How to shoot video of a car that doesn’t exist (yet or anymore)? How to render a car so realistically no-one can tell? How to make a Kia look like a Ferrari? The answer is send in the Mill Blackbird. Built in the same hanger as the legendary SR-71 Blackbird the Mill has some big shoes to fill and big questions to answer.
The Mill Blackbird is the world’s first fully adjustable car rig designed for use by cinematographers, an incredibly advanced photography platform as well as a fully marked up reference machine for rending a car onto, a blank.
Kickstarter has another hit on its hands, actually one that could fit in the palm of your hand, introducing the Zano nano drone by English engineering and design company Torquing Group LTD. While its dimension may be diminutive it is one smart muchacho that’s capable of intelligent flight, autonomous or swarm behavior and all controlled via your smartphone. Video and audio capture are via the 5 megapixel digitally stabilized camera and all of this is contained within the incredible 55 gram take off weight.
Launched on Kickstarter in November the Torquing Group have already busted through their goal of £125,000, reaching the lofty heights of £551,372 with 33 days still to go. If they reach the 750k mark autonomous tracking may even be possible. All going well early adopters should see their nano drone arrive in the mail July 2015, delivery by drone Amazon style would just be too perfect.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the incredible Android or iOS controlled nano drone. Here at Highpants we think it would be a form of abuse to use such an amazing gadget for group selfies but we also know it is inevitable. Sit back, relax and enjoy the demonstration videos of one cool flying gadget.
FLIR Technology has this week released a visually stunning video that gives us a different perspective on the world, an extra sense in some ways. FLIR infrared camera technologies have been put to good use capturing a Red Bull F1 speed machine screaming in all of its glory, capturing the F1 car turning tyres into smoke and heat.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the spectacular video that lets you see what our finger tips have known forever, heat has dimension and shape, and its hot! Sit back, relax and enjoy this stunning perspective of the world of hot and cold.
Microsoft is working to make the world a more exciting place with its Hyperlapse software. Still deep in development the early result seems to prove that Hyperlapse can make any holiday video interesting.
Everyone knows that timelapse is awesome but unfortunately the source video must be extremely stable otherwise the shake is amplified making it unwatchable. Stabilizing in post production has till now enjoyed only limited success but now Microsoft is attempting to do it better.
GeckoEye the wireless solar powered security kit with cloud storage is seeking funding via crowd sourcing site IndieGoGo, and they need our help.
This sleek home security gadget is doing things a little differently, taking security cameras past the reach of power cables and all the way to the cloud. A good idea that needs a bit of a kick start.
The Slow Mo Guys have donned their white coats once again in the pursuit of knowledge. Putting their abilities to manipulate time to good use producing stunning footage.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the mesmerizing properties of bubbles captured at 2500 frames per second. Slowing time down by a factor of 100 the lords of time have once again succeeded in producing footage that’s both hypnotic and fascinating. Sit back, relax and let the science of bubbles blow your mind.
Our world may look much the same as it did 30 years ago but behind the scenes there have been some incredible invisible revolutions. The internet revolution carries on in hidden server rooms around the world while wireless technology helps the internet weave an invisible web.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are three of the most visually stunning tech videos seen in quite a while. Join Timo Arnmall and the gang as they make the invisible incredible. Sit back, relax and prepare to be stunned by the invisible world.
Photography like all forms of expression is not a static art form. Helping to keep things evolving is a brand new camera designed to be taken to bits, the OTTO.
Electronics can be added, code modified, hack the OTTO into almost anything you can imagine a camera to be. It can even be non-camera things. Developed by Next Thing Co the Otto is powered by the Raspberry Pi and the first device to use the new Raspberry Pi Compute Module, a smaller standardized Pi for embedding in devices.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the camera adding unlimited creativity to the pictures we post. Here at Highpants we can’t help but notice the world just got a little bit cooler. Sit back, relax and let the creative juices flow.
The greatest device for living vicariously is about to receive an upgrade, the new little camera that can go anywhere is the Hero 4, the smoothest Hero yet.
The midyear refresh should introduce full 4K 30fps shooting and extreme 240fps HD slow-motion options to the new Hero. Keeping it under 100grams in weight the Hero 4 keeps the good stuff the same while improving the rest, mainly the shooting options.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are details of the new Hero 4 along with three of the most spectacular video’s produced using the little action camera. Presented in celebration of the talented individuals taking this little wonder camera to some mind blowing places. Sit back, relax and let the action begin.
Photography is an art form reliant on capturing the effects of photons, now Femto photography hopes to capture individual photons in action.
MIT’s Media Labs have developed the World’s fastest camera, the Femto Camera. Able to capture images at a trillion frames per second MIT’s Femto Camera is able to see photons in motion, capturing light itself.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the slowest slow motion in history, a billion times slow motion. Seemingly able to operate faster than the speed of light the Femto videos will blow your mind. The second video sees Ramesh Raskar present his Femto technology to TED’s conference. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by the life of photons.
The ancient art form of discreet surveillance has evolved alongside the technology we use for such purposes. DARPA has this week given us a glimpse of what is now possible, demonstrating ARGUS IS, the latest revolution in surveillance technology.
ARGUS is unlike any other high altitude camera that came before it. Designed and constructed by DARPA funded engineer Yiannis Antoniades ARGUS also represents a new surveillance strategy, Wide Area Persistent Stare. WAPS signifies the new ability to capture a live high resolution video stream of a huge swath of landscape, over long periods of time. Not only is ARGUS capable of 1.8 gigapixel images but it captures them at 15 frames per second.
The first example of ARGUS’s work was also released to the public recently. The incredibly detailed image captures 10 square miles of Virginia, with Quantico City front and centre in the image. Visit the DARPA site see the original ultra high resolution image (8400×6300).
The Japanese mega-manufacturer Toshiba are planning a photographic revolution as a part of their push to grab more digital camera market. Deep in the bowels of the Toshiba R&D labs is a new kind of sensor module, the all seeing eye.
The new miniature module, 1cm cube, allows any camera to become a Light Field Camera (LFC), a camera that captures the entire scene, allowing for unlimited adjustment to a photo after it is taken.
Unlike Lytro Toshiba will be making the new sensor technology available to other manufacturers, allowing any next generation Smartphone or tablet to include the new all seeing eye module and initiating the next revolution in digital cameras.
The road to CES, a journey full of anticipation and excitement for the gadget and electronics lovers of the world. In the build up to the big show website Imaging Resource has scooped up a nugget of news, Polaroid it seems will have a leading edge product up its sleeve, an Android camera with interchangeable lenses.
Imaging Resource received confirmation this week from Polaroid CEO Scott Hardy that his company will indeed be displaying their brand new Android Camera front and centre at CES in January. Joining the Samsung Galaxy Camera and the Nikon SC800 the IM1836 is part of the latest camera revolution, common open operating system based cameras.
The Polaroid is compact thanks to the mirrorless design, similar in many ways to the current generation micro four-third interchangeable lens camera’s (ILC), competition not to be taken lightly. Competing against the Sony NEX family, Olympus OMD, Canon EOS G and Panasonic GX1 will require aggressive pricing and a complete feature list.
Perched upon the roof of the world the GlacierWorks team have recently completed a photographic project of gigantic proportions, gigapixel proportions to be precise. Having spent 5 years with cold feet the team compiled 400 hi-res images to produce the most detailed digital record of Mt Everest in history.
Stitching together the source material has produced a single 2 gigapixel image that contains enough detail to allow hours of exploration. Zooming and panning, finding base camps and other points of relativity that give an impressive impression of scale.
The final image captures Mount Everest and the Khumbu glacier in spectacular beauty, showing the Himalayan peak and its surroundings in extraordinary detail.