Print your photos on wood

wood post

wood post

For the first time, moments captured on your phone can easily turned into beautiful story on wood.

That’s the claim from Vietnamese-developer Not a Basement Studio Software, who say their Woodpost is “the first app ever that lets you print photos beautifully on wood. Everything in the iPhone and iPad app — from the beautifully curated photo templates, to the simple & straightforward ordering process — brings you the best way to print your photos on wood.”

The company adds that its’ “tested numerous inks and printing techniques until we came up with a winning combination, making sure the colors and details of yours photos come out just right.” They also use eco-friendly materials such as sustainable plywood for the card & dock, and craft paper for the packaging.

Prints are 4.7-inch square or 6×3.7×0.1-inch rectangle. Each Woodpost order comes with a dock and a magnet mount, for $7.99 including worldwide shipping.

The app is here. (via Next Web)

Instagram launches Layout collage app

instagram layout

instagram layout

Photo sharing service Instagram now lets its users make a collage — but rather than adding features to its main program, its offering a new free app. 

Layout “lets you easily combine multiple photos into a single image,” the Facebook-owned company says. “It’s fun, it’s simple and it gives you a new way to flex your creativity.” The iPhone app automatically shows previews of custom layouts as the user chooses photos from the camera roll. Its Faces option shows all the photos that feature people.

Also, “for spontaneous moments,” Instagram adds, the Photo Booth tool starts with a tap “to start a countdown and capture photos that you’ll instantly see in a layout.”

While many now use collages to combine low-res images into one print-worthy poster, Instagram’s output is reportedly limited to screen resolution.

On the PMA Podcast: Jerry Sullivan travels to Japan for CP+

jerry sullivan

jerry sullivan

PMA Executive Committee member Jerry Sullivan of Precision Camera in Austin Texas, recently attended the CP+ Conference in Japan on behalf of PMA.

On this episode of the PMA Podcast, Jerry shares his experience there, what he learned, why being there was so important, what most surprised him – and tells a remarkable personal story of an unexpected reunion with old friends.

You can download the audio episode or subscribe to the podcast here.

Or you can tune in now with the player below.

Better B&W instant film coming

impossible bw

impossible polaroids

Got an old Polaroid camera with which you’d like to continue capturing and printing instant artistic images? The Impossible Project’s got you covered — and it’s now improving its continuation of the old Polaroid chemistry.

The startup launched in 2010 after acquiring Polaroid manufacturing machines, Petapixel reports. Now Impossible says its “Generation 2.0” film promises better speed, sharpness, and tonality. Developed with Polaroid’s former chief technical officer, “the new film won’t just match the quality of Polaroid pictures in their prime, but will exceed them in processing speed and image quality.”

Petapixel has more on the story here.

Here’s a video in which the company details their work.

impossible bw


SpaceX freely offers is rocketry images



Aeronautics start-up SpaceX will publish photographs of its innovations under a Creative Commons license, and started by sharing more than 100 photographs on Flickr.

However, SpaceX’s images can not be used for commercial purposes, the Imaging Resource reports here. “Still, for inspiration and information, the photographs will be a vital resource to the public.”

Google improves its facial recognition system

google face recognition

google face recognition

Google researchers claim their FaceNet artificial intelligence system represents the most-accurate approach yet to recognizing human faces, Fortune reports.

FaceNet achieved nearly 100-percent accuracy on a popular facial-recognition dataset called Labeled Faces in the Wild, which includes more than 13,000 pictures of faces from across the web. Trained on a 260-million-image dataset, FaceNet performed with better than 86 percent accuracy.

Google’s approach “can also put a name to a face—classic facial recognition—and even present collections of faces that look the most similar or the most distinct,” Fortune adds.

Fortune’s article is here.

Here is the researcher’s paper.

Photo organizers unite



The Association of Personal Photo Organizers is now officially affiliated with The National Association of Professional Organizers, as NAPO focuses on “building collaborative relationships with organizations whose missions are in alignment with NAPO’s focus on promoting professional organizer and the organizing industry.”

At the NAPO2015 conference in Los Angeles this year, APPO will lead a session on best practices in the growing niche of digital photo organizing.

APPO says it now has more than 500 members throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom. They offer monthly training and certification.

Windows securely says Hello via camera

windows hello

windows hello

Microsoft’s latest version of Windows will soon authenticate you on your personal computer by analyzing your face via cameras such as Intel’s RealSense 3D.

Windows Hello is “biometric authentication which can provide instant access to your Windows 10 devices,” the company says. “With Windows Hello, you’ll be able to just show your face… and be immediately recognized.” It will also read your iris or fingerprint “with technology that is much safer than traditional passwords. The cameras use infrared technology to identify your face or iris and can recognize you in a variety of lighting conditions.”

Also, the infrared, depth sensing, and facial recognition mean an imposter can’t log in by holding up your photo.

New 3D camera heading to mobile image capture

dual aperture

dual aperture

Palo Alto-based Dual Aperture partnered with SK Telecom, and says its depth and gesture tracking will “empower mobile camera-based applications to explore new dimensions of user experience.”

SKT is Korea’s largest telecommunications company with more than 27 million mobile subscribers; it invested $1.4 million in DAI.

DAI’s 3D camera technology is based on “dual-aperture sensors,” and a proprietary depth estimation algorithm. Rather than a standard Bayer patter, it uses RGB-IR, or infrared, filters atop the sensor to capture depth information.

SKT will develop applications and additional use cases for DA’s 3D image capture, such as virtual reality and image enhancement technologies.

There’s more information here.

360 degrees: YouTube enables playback of Ricoh’s round video

theta round video

theta round video

The world’s primary video service is now showing 360-degree spherical videos, such as those captured by Ricoh’s latest Theta camera.

Ricoh says “YouTube has recommended the Theta as a key device in creating innovative content for their new video platform.”

The Theta records spherical video at HD resolution at 15 frames per second, with clips up to three minutes in length. Users “no longer need multiple cameras to create video that can be panned and tilted during playback,” Ricoh says. “One simple click captures stunning 360-degree spherical video to view on your personal devices or upload to YouTube’s new service.”

YouTube calls 360-degree video “a new way to see and share your world. You could let viewers see the stage and the crowd of your concert, the sky and the ground as you wingsuit glide, or you could even have a choose-your-own-adventure video where people see a different story depending on where they look.”

When people watch 360-videos on the YouTube app for Android, “they’ll see all the different angles while the video plays”  by moving the phone or tablet around. (iOS apps are in the works.)

In addition to the Theta, YouTube supports video from such cameras as Bublcam, Giroptic’s 360cam, IC Real Tech’s Allie, and Kodak’s SP360.