Concise history of smartwatches

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Published on: December 23, 2017

A nice overview of history of smartwatches from Hodinkee.

 

“…. Smartwatches and their predecessors, wrist computers, have been the reluctant revolution. Over the years, they have come in waves, arriving with a big splash, then sinking out of sight. Even the 2003 entrance into the market by the then almighty Microsoft with its Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) for watches couldn’t make smartwatches mainstream.

Until 2015, what smartwatch had been a hit the way Seiko was in the 1970s, Swatch in the 1980s, or the Rolex Daytona in the 1990s? After a while, one wondered what the deal was with smartwatches: Were they a major development in watch history? A niche toy for tech-geeks? Or simply a long-running, highly entertaining freak-watch sideshow?

Apple has changed all that. The Apple effect on the watch market has been profound. The revolution now has its monster hit watch. Global sales of smartwatches totaled 4.2 million pieces in 2014, according to International Data Corp., the research firm. It rose to 19.4 million in 2015, the year Apple Series 0 (as some call it) went on sale. Apple accounted for 11.6 million of those, according to IDC estimates.

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How Leica Lenses are made

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Published on: July 12, 2011

Leica Lenses (English) from leica camera on Vimeo.

Next generation interface, Minorty Report style from Oblong

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Published on: July 4, 2011

Here is a cool piece of technology from Oblong for the way we work and collaborate. The interface is gesture based. Perhaps this is in a good direction to start working away from typical cubical styles. Not sure if this can work for all types of jobs (e.g. development work), but still I can imagine a lot of work places being like this in the future. Here is a demo of Oblong’s interfacing.

 

 

g-speak overview 1828121108 from john underkoffler on Vimeo.

More of the coverage of the tech from Techcrunch: [The link]

Image Stabilization of a canon 18-55mm lens

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Published on: June 18, 2011

Image Stabilization Revealed from Camera Technica on Vimeo.

Behind the Scenes with Samsung NX Lens Engineers

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Published on: May 5, 2011

Disassembled Sony A55 explained [Translucent Mirror & Electronic View Finder]

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Published on: April 20, 2011

The making of a canon 500m f/4L Lens

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Published on: April 20, 2011

Great videos about what goes on behind the scenes of manufacturing a lens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ManyEyes is a Powerful Visualizer for Your Data [Data Visualization]

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Published on: October 1, 2010

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via ManyEyes is a Powerful Visualizer for Your Data [Data Visualization].

ManyEyes is a neat tool that produces compelling visualizations based on user-defined data sets, with data types ranging from statistics tables to any old block of text. More »

http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/

Canon EOS 60D hands-on (video)

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Published on: September 16, 2010

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via Canon EOS 60D hands-on (video).

The 2010 Canon Expo is filled to the brim with drool-worthy image-capturing hardware (more on that later in the day), but the first thing we did when arriving was run straight to the EOS 60D. While we can’t really get into the gritty details in terms of image and video quality based on show floor impressions alone, we will say the comfort and ease of use are superb — not to mention an articulating display that’ll come in handy for crazier shot composition. The company’s definitely got a knack for iterative upgrades, but a prosumer-focused model like this is just a knockout for the price, and leaves us wondering what the future holds for the Rebel T2i when only $200 separates the two cameras. Pictures below, and check out a video walkthrough done by our Engadget Show Producer / Canon enthusiast Chad Mumm after the break.

Nikon D7000 DSLR hands-on

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Published on: September 16, 2010

Engadget

via Nikon D7000 DSLR hands-on.

In case you haven’t heard this morning, Nikon’s just lifted the curtains on its 16.2 megapixel D7000 imager for the “social photographer” market, and naturally, we had to get our hands on it. This dual SDXC-wielding DSLR closely resembles the slightly lighter D90, but the little superficial tweaks didn’t escape our eyes: the first thing we noticed was that the continuous shooting option button — previously on right-hand side of the top screen — has been transformed into a secondary dial on the left. We found this to be slightly fiddly as we had to press on a tiny neighboring unlock button to rotate said dial. There’s also a new live view switch and video record button (à la D3100), which are more intuitive than the D90′s configuration. As for ergonomics, the D7000‘s grip is also very comparable with the D90′s, except we prefer the latter’s for its longer piece of rubber grip to cover the full length of our right thumb. More after the break.

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