Patent idea of the day…

December 29th, 2012

This is probably a very obvious thought to those who wear glasses more frequently than I do…

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could get rotationally-polarised contact lenses? Then contact-lens wearers could just walk into 3D movies and not have to wear low-quality plastic glasses like the rest of us. It would probably be a much better experience.

I remember my mother telling me about visiting an African orphanage for young blind children, a long time ago. The children asked her to go into the dormitory and read them a bedtime story. When she got there, however, it was pitch black. The children didn’t need any lights to get ready for bed, but there was no way she could read them anything. So, instead, they pulled out their braille books and read her stories, a role-reversal which delighted everybody.

Well, maybe those of you who have had to put up with various eyesight-enhancement technologies and found them to be a nuisance in the past will soon have an advantage over those of us who can’t get retina-projected Google maps so easily…

Thanks to Richard Watts for prompting the idea…

Reflecting

December 29th, 2012

Reflecting

I decided to try my hand at street photography today: I normally take too many photos of trees and dogs and not enough of people.

I’ll post a few of the results over the next few days, but you can see the whole lot here if wanted.

New toy, happy bunny

December 29th, 2012

Canon EOS 6DI got a new toy the other day. This is the Canon 6D, which is an interesting blend: it has a high-end full-frame sensor, but it also has a couple of features traditionally only found on less ‘serious’ cameras: wifi connectivity and GPS.

One of the first pictures I took with it was a self-portrait. I’m decadently reclining on the sofa with my laptop. What you can’t tell is that the laptop and the camera are connected by wifi, and I’m tapping the space-bar to take this photo.

Quentin Stafford-Fraser

Looking forward to getting to know it properly… but I’m very pleased with it so far.