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5 Game changers in photography: A peak into the future – Seamedu

Technology is ever evolving. You need to look no further the advances in digital camera technology as evidence.  We went from reels to memory cards in just a few decades. Are you wondering what next? Let’s see what the year 2015 has in store for us.

 

Gigapixel panoramas

There are many consumer models featuring the sweep-panorama capability now, but we are yet to see a model that can beat the GigaPan EPIC. The camera mount system allows you to use your SLR and create huge rather absolutely gigantic gigapixel composite image including 360-degree and time-lapse panoramas. But that isn’t the last time we will hear the word gigapixel, there are already researchers working to put this amazing technology in one camera. This maybe just be the year when we get to find out if it works.

Electronic contact lens

Action cameras took over the streets the last decade with products from Google and Pivothead available. High quality stills and videos of everything you see is now commonplace. So what is next? Bionic eye or the electronic contact lens of course! While this technology is an ideal solution to returning sight to the blind, we are still far away from that. What is however more possible in the near future are electronic contact lens that allow you to record everything and is available to everyone. Wouldn’t it be really cool to own a piece of technology we have only seen our favourite spies on TV use?

Lytro light field camera

Till date, camera technology has offered us the features to do quite a bit after a photo was taken like changing the white balance, contrast or the hue and saturation. But if it was out of focus, then the picture is a lost cause right? Not anymore, the light field camera technology gives the consumers the power to change the focus point of a picture after it is taken.  Cool right? Lytro also has some other cool features like simultaneous 2D and 3D shooting, amazing low light performance and reduced shutter lag. And this is just the first to come, watch out for what else they come up with in this space!

Liquid lens

There was a time when phone cameras were just saving grace, the last resort if an opportunity of photography snuck up on you. That time is long past, they are now a strong plan B if you aren’t carrying along your camera. And liquid lens is a technology to watch out for with camera phones. This technology allows for the focal length of a camera to change much like that of the human eye. There has been talk for years about this but now companies like Samsung and Philips are looking to turn this into reality.

Holographic displays

With the rate at which technology is advancing, soon we will be unsatisfied with viewing imagery on the flat screen. Fortunately, 3D technology is working on catching up fast! In 2010, we saw researchers from the University of Arizona, Tucson showcase a system that could project rudimentary images at near real time. Then last year, a scientist from MIT managed to project a subject using on the shelf components. Now we hear of University of Tokyo working on a project that will not only enable you to see but also feel the object projected holographically! We can’t wait to see check out the technology that turns up this year on this front!

Canon wonder camera

We saved the best for the last! This concept camera from Canon is not a long shot considering the leaps and bounds that camera technology has made in the last 20 years. Keeping the look and functions of the current DSLR, canon is working on producing a camera that has splendid features like sophisticated subject recognition, massive resolution, spectacularly long zoom, and lightning fast transfer speeds.

 

At Seamedu, we simply just can’t to find out what we will be teaching our students about photography in connection with these predicted camera technology advances next!