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October 17, 2011 - No Comments!

Ball Camera

As far as camera designs go the Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera designed by Jonas Pfeil is one of the most innovative and fun I've seen. Created for his MSc thesis, 32 mobile phone cameras have been integrated into a ball which when launched takes a spherical panorama of it's environment.

[pullquote author="Jonas Pfeil"]"The camera is thrown into the air and captures an image at the highest point of flight - when it is hardly moving. The camera takes full spherical panoramas, requires no preparation and images are taken instantaneously...Above all we found that it is a very enjoyable, playful way to take pictures."[/pullquote]

It isn't available to buy - yet - but here it is in action:

April 12, 2011 - No Comments!

First Man in Space

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first man in space. The Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was propelled into orbit inside Vostok 1 on a 108 minute flight around the Earth on April 12th, 1961. He reached a height of 203 miles and set a new speed record of 17,025 miles per hour, proving that a human could endure the test of lift-off, re-entry, and weightlessness. His journey also propelled America to play catch up in the space race throughout the 1960s, culminating in the first man on the moon in 1969.

I've always wondered what it must be like to view the Earth from space. To be the pioneer must have been both extremely brave and utterly mind-blowing! Let's hope those Virgin Galactic flights come down a bit!

[pullquote author="Yuri Gagarin"]"What beauty. I saw clouds and their light shadows on the distant dear earth . . .. The water looked like darkish, slightly gleaming spots . . .. When I watched the horizon, I saw the abrupt, contrasting transition from the earth's light-colored surface to the absolutely black sky. I enjoyed the rich color spectrum of the earth. It is surrounded by a light blue aureole that gradually darkens, becoming turquoise, dark blue, violet, and finally coal black."[/pullquote]

[pullquote author="Yuri Gagarin"]"I could have gone on flying through space forever"[/pullquote]