Clever Ideas, 2017 Edition

Fast Company magazine offered their top ten of 2017’s most clever tech ideas. From smarter photo sharing to the ongoing AI wars— there was a lot going this year.

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For all the tech industry’s talk of changing the world, sometimes the best innovations aren’t particularly dramatic. They’re ideas that are small—but so clever that they seem obvious in hindsight. They improve the products we already use in ways we can immediately appreciate.

Big breakthroughs and splashy new products tend to get all the attention; for once, here’s a tribute to the small-scale innovations that are just as important.
The 10 Cleverest Tech Ideas Of 2017

What are your favorite tech innovations of 2017?

Seeing Art in Architecture

Enjoy these wonderful images. And all you amatuer photographers should read her insightful tips on photographing buildings and their details.

Art is all around us. Sometimes we use our cameras to create art from what we see instead of merely capturing moments. Here are a few suggestions to help you see the art in architecture the next time you head out to shoot it. Put your camera down Too many times we get caught up […]

via Shooting and Seeing Art in Architecture — Photofocus

Terrestrial Timelapse

No matter what you personally believe the cause to be— changes to the Earth’s crust are occurring. Now you can watch it happen in compressed time format. Some are rather alarming.

Planet, the global imaging company that recently acquired Google’s Terra Bella satellite imaging business, is introducing a new tool called Planet Explorer Beta that allows its users to view how its image captures of Earth from space change over time. It’s available to the public without a login, which means petty much anyone can check…

via Planet’s new Explorer Beta lets anyone time travel through geospatial images — TechCrunch

The Flying Selfie

Lily is a new drone for narcissists who can’t sit still.

Lily-Drone-CameraThis robot  photography platform is a waterproof flyer you can toss into the air and control from the included remote or via smartphone. Put the remote in your pocket and Lily will follow you around.

Amazing!

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Get a Grip!

Ever wish you could make your phone feel more like a real camera?

snapgrip for samsungSnapgrip plans to make that happen. The $99 case/handle allows you to zoom, pre-focus and firmly grip your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3. Planned release date is February 2013 you can save 30% with a pre-order.

Learn more at www.snappgrip.com

Clever Camera Curio

Ever broken a camera?

Kinda’ sucks. But if you’re clever you could recycle that broken lens and create some spiffy jewelry. That’s what Australian photographer, Craig Arnold, did.

Bracelets made from camera lens parts!

Available online from Oye Modern.

The Ferrari of Cameras

Scuderia Camera Oscura
Just in case a Hasselblad camera in itself isn’t quite exclusive enough.

At just south of $30k the H4D-40 offers 40 megapixel resolution, a red body and exclusive certificate of authenticity. Less than 500 will be offered so don’t wait around hoping for a closeout!

Hasselblad H4D-40 Ferrari Edition

Hasselblad H4D-40 Medium Format DSLR Camera Kit with 80mm f/2.8 HC LensSeem a little crazy?

If you prefer something a little more down-to-earth consider the standard H4D. Like the Ferrari Edition it’s also a medium format DSLR, includes an 80mm f/2.8 HC lens, Phocus 2.0 Software and costs a mere $20k.

Instant Video

Shoot and Share Camcorders

Flip Video MinoHD Video Camera with Advanced Accessory Kit (Black, 2 Hours)It’s never been easier to share video with the world. New video cameras that fit in the palm of your hand allow bloggers and newshounds to publish HD video immediately– almost as it happens.

These cameras allow you to easily move footage without the need for disks or media, and some even do the uploading for you. Here’s a helpful video primer from our friends at B & H on some of the standout products available in this product niche.

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