TED conference – India 2009 – Is this the future?!

If you haven’t heard of TED before, then it is a “nonprofit conference devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer.”

The video below however, is from TEDIndia in 2009 and this brilliant man (Pranav Mistry) has managed to create something called SixthSense. This is simply mindblowing and reminds us of the sci-fi film Minority Report…

I can’t really explain what SixthSense is so you just have to watch it and see for yourself!

If you want to see any more videos like this, then they are all on the TED website. Enjoy!


Using photo apps at Camera Obscura

Here at Camera Obscura, we always encourage everyone to take lots of photos, and we especially enjoy trying to make them a bit different and unique.

Which is why we have been experimenting with a couple of apps you can get for your phone.

The first one we tried out was Cartoon Camera, which gave us some great shots like these…

The other app we used was one called Pixlr-O-Matic which we used to get shots like these…

What do you think? We used a Samsung Galaxy SII phone to get these shots.

But, please do try these apps (and any others) out for yourselves whenever you are at Camera Obscura!

Pixlr-O-Matic is available for both the Apple App Store and on the Google Play Store

Cartoon Camera however is only available on the Google Play Store however we’re sure there’ll be something similar in the Apple Store! Both are available free of charge as well.

Of course, please do share your photos with us as well, whether it be on Facebook, Twitter and of course Flickr!

Mythbusters – the flammable foam tower

I’m sure some of you know the internet sensation that was mixing Mentos with Diet Coke…

Well, this inspired our favourite crazy scientists, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage (a.k.a The Mythbusters).

Carrying with the “foamy” theme of the foam printer we showed you last week, the Mythbusters managed to create a foam tower which was made with Methane… then set it on fire.

Now, please for goodness sake DON’T try this at home (we really don’t want to see anyone with second degree burns) but this is really impressive stuff!

Foam Printer

We absolutely love this! Some clever person at IFA Berlin (a fair for consumer electronics and household appliances) managed to make a printer which made letters out of foam then set them off in the sky! Just imagine what other “foamy” letters, shapes and patterns you could create!