This new tech from some Mitsubishi tackles the motion blur problem thanks to a relatively simple “flutter shutter” attachment on the actual camera. Their device uses a coded exposure sequence to cut a normal exposure into short burst, allowing processing software to sharpen any fast moving objects in the picture. The prototype is based on an 8 megapixel Canon PowerShot Pro1, but the method can apparently be applied to any camera, and would even work as a built-in feature on a consumer cam — though it’ll probably be a few years before it trickles down that far.
Introducing chumby, a compact device that can act like a clock radio, but is way more flexible and fun. It uses the wireless internet connection you already have to fetch cool stuff from the web: music, the latest news, box scores, animations, celebrity gossip…whatever you choose. And a chumby can exchange photos and messages with your friends. Since it’s always on, you’ll never miss anything.
The antenna (standard issue Chili can antenna) is controlled by a PIC microcontroller connected to servos on the pan and tilt axis. This gives about 180 degrees of motion in both planes. The RF pigtail from the antenna is plugged into the 802.11 PCMCIA card in the computer which runs a Visual Basic program. This computer sends the PIC microcontroller the antenna coordinates to point to and measures the received signal strength off the 802.11 card. Hence the antenna is instructed to scan the environment, the PCMCIA card records signal strength readings and the computer builds up an RF map. At the end of the scan the computer searches the compiled matrix for the strongest signal and the antenna is instructed to point there. See – easy !