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February 21, 2008

DIY: Homemade Digital Photo Frame

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Well, it's possible to make your own digital photo frame. There are several recipes at instructables -- here is our favorite. The ingredients? A SanDisk Digital Photo Viewer, Zenith LCD screen, deep picture frame... all for under $100. But for $134.99 you can get this Bluetooth eMotion 7-inch frame. Unless you really, really enjoy this DIY experience. It looks scary.

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February 15, 2008

Smile Detection, Blink-Recognition and Other Intelligent Promises

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Between intelligent cameras and Prozac, the world will never frown again. A new "intelligence" seems to launch every year, this year being smile detection. It's up to you if you're willing to pay a premium for these features, but we suggest applying the proverbial grain of salt here. These features turn your camera into an auto-monster -- most require the auto setting to work and you might end up spending more time communicating with your camera than the photo-worthy experience around you. There is no cheap trick to get a perfect photo, and perfection does not the best photo make. As the author of this photo gaymay asks: is a frown just smile turned upside down?

Blink Recognition
If someone blinked in the photo you just took, the camera alerts you so you can take another shot.
Reality Check: This is handy when it works and if your subjects are obedient.

Face Detection
The camera finds faces in the scene and auto-focuses on the faces and optimizes the exposure and flash for the face. This is often part of a "portrait" setting.
Reality Check: A person's face must be facing towards the camera and the lighting must be good for this to work well. There may be a limit to how many faces a camera can detect.

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February 5, 2008

Coping with Technology: Smashing a Digital Photo Frame

OK, we don't endorse this, but we can all remember a special piece of technology that's required violent treatment in defense of our sanity. Is this what Best Buy is up to after the digital photo frame virus debacle?

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See the full video here
at Lulu TV.
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January 21, 2008

Underwater Photos with a Digital Camera Mask

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Swim with the fishes! Liquid Image has come up with a digital-camera-scuba-mask-in-one. The camera lens is right over the nose, and there's crosshairs in the tempered glass so you can line up the perfect shot. 5 megapixels with a 16MB internal memory -- that'll get you 29 hi-res photos and 45 low-res -- add a Micro SD Card for more memory, or just come up for air and download the shots to your laptop via USB. It can also capture 53 seconds of video. The mask will retail at $99 -- you'll need 2 AAA batteries, but it comes with image editing software (ArcSoft). This could be a lot of fun for kids -- one size fits all, safe for ages 8 and up, and there's a 3 megapixel version for a little less dough. Stay tuned for more news on its release in March!

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January 15, 2008

Turn a Camera Lens into a Macro Lens with Binoculars

The Do-it-yourselfer in us wants to learn all the tricks we can when faced with a "close up" crisis. This may well do the trick.

Via Lifehacker

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