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.