Robotic Cameras Will Snap Pictures at the Olympics

Robotic Cameras Will Snap Pictures at the Olympics - New York Times

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“Cameras with swiveling, nimble robotic heads will be deployed by photographers who work for Getty Images, the official agency of the International Olympics Committee. The robotic heads will be perched on scaffolding above several of the sporting sites. The photographers themselves will be stationed below with what one Getty photographer described as a ‘joystick’ to control the movement of the camera head — and click.” (Somini Sengupta,

Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies

Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies - New York Times

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” ‘As privacy law stands today, you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy while out in public, nor almost anywhere visible from a public vantage,’ said Ryan Calo, director of privacy and robotics at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University. ‘I don’t think this doctrine makes sense, and I think the widespread availability of drones will drive home why to lawmakers, courts and the public.’ ” (Nick Wingfield & Somini Sengupta,

And check out these previous posts on drones.


A Digital Death? Why Kodak Stopped Clicking

A Digital Death? Why Kodak Stopped Clicking - NPR

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“The profits [Kodak] earned from selling film have dried up. Over the past decade, Kodak has lost money almost every year, and the 123-year-old company has had to lay off most of its workforce.  But Kodak does have one big thing going for it: It still owns about a thousand patents for the technology behind digital photography.” (Jim Zarroli, NPR)

Also check out NPR’s Interactive Timeline – Kodak Moments: Snapshots of a Camera Company

Speed of Light Lingers in Face of New Camera

Speed of Light Lingers in Face of New Camera - New York Times

Photo: Di Wu and Andreas Velten, MIT Media Lab /

“The project began as a whimsical effort to literally see around corners — by capturing reflected light and then computing the paths of the returning light, thereby building images coming from rooms that would otherwise not be directly visible. ‘When I said I wanted to build a camera that looks around corners, my colleagues said, Pick something that is more safe for your tenure,’  said Ramesh Raskar, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at the Media Lab. ‘Now I have tenure, so I can say this is not so crazy.’ (John Markoff,