Mylio image service organizes all your photos on all your devices



According to IDC’s worldwide forecast, more than 1.3 trillion photos will be taken this year — and “keeping up with all those pictures is a challenge for everybody, professional and amateur alike,” says MyLO, a start-up offering a new service for “for taking care of all your pictures… for your life, and the life of your images.”

The Mylio software runs on Windows and Macintosh computers, and iOS phones and tablets (Android is in development). You can import all your photos from your computers, mobile devices, and services such as Facebook and Flickr. From there, changes made to your library of photos or edits on individual images are reflected throughout your network instantly, the company says. New photos captured on your phone automatically show up on your PC; photos copied from your camera to your computer are instantly viewable on your phone.

Bellevue, Washington-based MyLO says its service also “automatically protects your pictures so that they are safe even if your computer is stolen, your phone is lost, or your house burns down.” Back up is automatic across storage devices and an optional cloud service.

The software also provides basic and high-end photo enhancement tools, as well as Raw image editing.

The cross-device synching service is sold on a subscription basis, with prices starting at $50 per year. A free trial  supports up to 1,000 files on three devices.

HP unveils 3D printing and immersive computing


While 3D viewing (stereoscopic imaging that emulates our eyesight and 3D printing (an inkjet-like manufacturing process) really mean very different things, HP rolled out new products in each arena simultaneously as part of its new “Blended Reality ecosystem.”

The HP Multi Jet Fusion hardware “delivers on the potential of 3D printing,” and the Sprout “immersive computing platform” redefines the PC user experience “and creates a foundation for future immersive technologies,” the company says. “We are on the cusp of a transformative era in computing and printing…  enabling us to express ourselves at the speed of thought — without filters, without limitations.”

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The Multi Jet Fusion provides better quality, increased productivity, and break-through economics as compared to existing solutions, HP claims, with a “synchronous architecture that significantly improves the commercial viability of 3D printing and has the potential to change the way we think about manufacturing.” It’s 10-times faster, and the proprietary multi-agent printing process utilizing HP Thermal Inkjet arrays simultaneously apply multiple liquid agents to produce best-in-class quality that combines greater accuracy, resiliency and uniform part strength in all three axis directions, HP adds.

Of, HP “has been an industry leader in 2D printing for 30 years,” the company notes, and “Now, we are bringing our expertise to bear in 3D printing, leveraging all of our investments and intellectual property to develop tools that can enable the next industrial revolution.”

Sprout “Reimagines computing”


Yes, Sprout is a funky name for a desktop all-in-one Windows 8 PC. But HP says it “combines the power of an advanced desktop computer with an immersive, natural user interface to create a new computing experience.” It has a scanner, depth sensor, and a projector in a single device, to let you “take physical items and seamlessly merge them into a digital workspace,” as “people have always created with their hands.” The “Illuminator” projection system scans and captures real-world objects in 3D, allowing the user to immediately interact and create: there’s a 23-inch LCD primary display up top, and 20-inch capacitive pad on the bottom, under the camera and projector.

There a demo of the system in use here.

It’s sells for $1889 here.


Ricoh’s new Theta captures 360-degree video

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ricoh theta 1Ricoh Imaging says a 360-degree spherical video can be “the ultimate selfie” — and its updated Theta camera will users “capture everything around them” as they “shoot amazing spherical images.”

The new $300 model adds video capture, to create spherical video footage with clips up to 3 minutes long. It represents an “innovative leap towards changing the world of digital imaging and creating new ways to share the magic of photography with family and friends,” the company says. “Dreaming up new ways to capture the magic of photography is all we think about.”

The new model is available in blue, yellow, white, and pink, to “serve as the ultimate fashion statement with the bold new colors.”

Ricoh has also opened its application programming interface and provided a software development kit for the Theta. “Developers can now create original Theta apps with a variety of settings to perform various operations,” the company says.
There’s more information here.

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“SmartFrame” uses contextual computing to show you the right photos

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It’s not just a picture frame: Fireside says it’s offering a “smart system for your home that makes enjoying all your photos and videos as easy as taking them.”

The “SmartFrame” works with an “intelligent curation and delivery service,” the company says, which “brings all of a family’s photos and videos together to a private, secure place in the cloud, and makes them searchable.”  Contextual computing and machine learning “automatically curate and organize libraries of thousands of photos, showing families the content they actually want to see.”

For example, the developers add, if it’s your son’s birthday,  it shows him photos of his past birthdays; if it’s your anniversary, it will show you video from your wedding and honeymoon; if it’s cold outside, the display can show you skiing and holiday photos.

“With the popularity of cameras, mobile phones and tablets, taking pictures has never been easier, but we really only get to enjoy a small fraction of them,” the developers say. “Fireside’s mission is to unlock all of these hidden memories, and for the first time enable you to effortlessly enjoy them every day.”

The $400 SmartFrame connects to your iOS or Android devices. To “blend into the home,” it’s made of glass, melamine, chrome and copper, and features a rotating stand mechanism to support both standing on a mantle or hanging on the wall. It has a 15-inch display. {Geez, that’s tiny by today’s standards.] It’s only a Kickstarter project now, but the developers say they’ll ship this year.

There’s more information here.fireside 2

Snow goggles combine heads-up display with action camera

Oakley Airwave Garmin

Oakley Airwave Garmin

While it still seems like Summer here near Yosemite, ski season is coming up — and Oakley is getting ready with a new camera-equipped set-up.

The sunglass-maker is updating its Airwave alpine goggles to work Garmin’s action camera. Oakley wearers will be able to wirelessly connect their goggles to the VIRB Elite camera, “allowing the goggle to serve as a live video heads-up display, as well as a remote control,” the company says. “The glove-friendly remote for Airwave 1.5 enables the user to control camera features, and the goggle’s heads-up display can serve as the camera’s LCD display to show live video previews, as well as data from the camera’s built-in GPS sensor.”

The Airwave goggles’ Recon Instruments heads-up display integrates GPS, Wi-Fi, MFi and Bluetooth “with a host of onboard sensors to offer instant access to a world of information.” You can navigate resort maps; see jump analytics, speed and altitude; control a soundtrack; and locate and track friends on the slopes, Oakley says.

The Garmin VIRB Elite action camera features GPS, an accelerometer, an altimeter, and 1080p HD video capture.


Keep an eye on it: iON launches home security camera

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iON home

iON Cameras made a name for itself in the last few years with its wearable and mountable WiFi-enabled outdoor-oriented action cameras. Now the consumer electronics firm is coming indoors to almost literally enter a new area: your home.

“The home security sector is experiencing phenomenal growth right now, and we saw an opportunity to offer a more fully featured and simple to use product for consumers,” the company says.

iON the Home is billed as an easy-to-use, affordable wireless monitoring and security camera system for use in homes or businesses. The cloud-based monitoring system provides 24-7 live streaming, two-way talk functionality, and remote viewing to let you monitor everything via WiFi and your smartphone or tablet.

iON says it is unique to the home security market in providing rolling 24-hour cloud storage for all event videos — free of charge. Options to buy more long-term storage at the check out register will be available as gift card-like add-ons, for 7-days at $10/month, and 30-days for $30/month.

The HD video camera has a 102-degree lens and built-in WiFi. It requires AC power, and has infrared-based night vision,  and motion, noise and light sensitivity triggers for video recording. The camera system “is easy enough for a child to use but capable enough to provide peace of mind for those seeking to keep an eye on their home, kids or pets,” the company says.

iON has already scored a major retail partner for its rollout: Walmart will carry the camera for $130.

There’s more information here.


Canon updates high-end movie camera

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Much like its big new lens earlier this week, Canon’s latest video camera is aimed only at a certain user — but this one is not only for elite professionals: the C100 is “designed for economical film and video productions such as documentary and remote broadcast crews, wedding and event coverage, indie film productions, as well as film schools and business and government users.”

The C100 Mark II has an 8-megapixel sensor in the “Super 35mm” format for MP4 1920×1080 video at 60p, “delivering a cinematic look with shallow depth of field and high sensitivity in low-light environments.”

The new model adds “an innovatively hinged” 3.5-inch OLED display panel, “delivering 100 percent field-of-view coverage, wide color range support, and improved viewing even in bright sunshine. The new hinge design folds the panel shut when stowed, protecting the OLED surface ─ and opens 180-degrees to reveal function keys and a joystick. The panel can open even further to 270 degrees to deploy against the side of the camera to provide monitoring for directors and other production personnel.

The camera weighs 2.5 pounds and is compatible with more than 103 Canon EF lenses. It’s $5,500.
There’s more information here.

Hide those photos



Need to ensure your images are securely unseen?  

“Some things should stay hidden,” say the developers of the new iOS app Hidely, billed as a “zero trace camera and private photo gallery.”

The app takes encrypted photos that are saved only to Hidely’s “hidden” passcode-protected gallery. The encrypted photos are stored on your device, not on a cloud server.

Sharing is also secured with a private link sent to friends that only allows them to view the shot within their own Hidely account.

“Zero Trace means that photos stored using Hidely are encrypted and their contents are unknown – and unknowable – to everyone except you,” the company adds. “Hidely leaves no trace of the photos on your camera roll, they only reside in the app. Sharing these photos leaves zero trace too, as the link expires within 24 hours or after the first time it is clicked. Shared photos can only be accessed by your friends within Hidely.”

So, indulge your paranoia and try the free download here.


5K iMac improves photo editing

apple Mac27retina

apple Mac27retina

Attention photo editors: Apple just announced the world’s highest resolution display — and not only are they selling it for less than currently available lower-resolution monitors… it’s also part of a complete high-end computer.

The 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display has 14.7 million pixels, a resolution at which Apple says “text appears sharper than ever, videos are unbelievably lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail in your photos.”

The 5120 x 2880 resolution has four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display, so “you can see more of your high-resolution photos with pixel-for-pixel detail.”

The tech specs are interesting, as Apple says it had to hammer out its own chips and retool its manufacturing to get this many pixels in the thin case: “iMac with Retina 5K display uses a precisely manufactured oxide TFT-based panel to deliver vivid display brightness from corner to corner. A single supercharged Apple-designed timing controller (TCON), with four times the bandwidth, drives all 14.7 million pixels. …The display also uses highly efficient LEDs and organic passivation to improve image quality and reduce display power consumption by 30 percent, even while driving four times more pixels at the same brightness. To improve the contrast ratio, …the display uses a new photo alignment process and a compensation film to deliver blacker blacks and more vibrant colors from any viewing angle…. (it) is calibrated using three state-of-the-art spectroradiometers to ensure precise and accurate color.” Phew!

The computer also has the latest quad-core processors, high-performance graphics, and a Fusion Drive (combining solid-state and spinning platter storage). “It’s the ultimate display combined with the ultimate all-in-one,” the company says. Pricing starts at $2,499.

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Apple also introduced its iPad Air 2, which has an improved display “for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos.”

The latest model weighs less than a pound and is 6.1 mm thick.

With an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare by 56 percent, a 40 percent faster CPU, and improved cameras, the company highlighted the tablet’s photo capture and editing capabilities.

“Innovations to the iSight camera enable better photos and videos, with an 8-megapixel sensor and advanced optics to help capture rich, detailed images and add new features including panoramic in Photos, time-lapse video, slo-mo and 1080p HD video,” Apple says.
Pricing starts at $499.


Canon claims longest 4K ultra-telephoto lens

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canon cineservo

First: yep, it’s $78,000. So no, you likely are not the target customer for this hunk o’ glass.

However, Canon says its “the increasing use of large-format single-sensor 4K cameras for field productions like sports and nature documentaries” means there might indeed be more potential buyers for its new ultra-telephoto CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens.

It has a 75-1500mm focal length to “offer cinematographers new possibilities for shooting scenes in HD, 2K and 4K on single-sensor cameras,’ the company says. “The use of large-sensor 4K cameras is rapidly spreading beyond motion pictures and episodic television, into many new types of productions such as broadcast sports and nature documentaries.”

It’s available in either EF- or PL-mount, and “provides outstanding aberration correction and high image quality extending from the center of the image to all edges. For professional users, this lens enables close-up 4K imaging of wildlife subjects or athletes while maintaining the physical distances necessary in such shooting situations,” Canon adds.

There’s more information here.