Hands On Arc…

24 04 2011

After a loong time on the Galaxy S. It was time for another upgrade. Sony coming up with a entire line up of android phones, it was worth a wait. So Andriod Arc it was. The phone is sleek and gorgeous. With an amazing display and the Bravia engine powering it up for even better display the phone is worth it.

The phone is much faster than its predecessor the Xperia X10. Sony has made sure the timescape doesn’t hog much of the memory as before. Also the 8Mp camera gives good pic quality along with the bravia engine. The pics are vivid and crispy. Although with all these feature the Arc juice drains pretty fast. The battery last no more than a day on a average use. Need to disable most of it features it you need to make the battery last for more than a day. Totally defies the point of having all those features in the first place. Hope Sony comes up with some fix for this.





Try on TimeLapse

30 03 2011

With the new canon haveing the option for remote operation by hooking to a computer, it was time to test some remote snaping. Tried out timelapse  video, accidently put the camera on autofocus instead of manula focus. This give a wobbly images as the camera focus for each shot .





Bye Bye A380. Hello 60D

16 03 2011

Well, Its been quite some time since i used my DSLR. My previous DSLR was not with me anymore, which in turn made my fingers itchy for a new 1. A new camera always = burnt pocket  . With that in mind, was waiting for the right time to get a camera. Had been trying to figure out a good camera to buy. After working on an entry level DSLR for quite some time, it’s time to move on to the next level. So semi-pro it is.

I’ve always liked Sony products. The build is good and has an ease of use on all the products that come out. Ofcourse they are a bit more pricey compared to the competitors. Ah come on.. thats called build quality not pricey. Ok!! so time to pick a cam. Wat!!!!! Sony has stopped production of its entire semi-pro line.  . So sad, was eager to get my hands on the A500 series of cam. Sony loses another customer…

Here comes, Canon and Nikon  .. Canon 60D vs Nikon D7000. Arrrgh this is a hard choice to make, Each is best of its own class. Come on ppl why is it always that there is not one camera with all the features. You make us spend more money on more cameras  .

Nikon with better viewfinder coverage, better focus point control, and also lighter against the Canon with better image quality. Damn always the companies make sure to leave out some features. So, canon or Nikon?

And there comes the IT fair, alas my body parts are saved. So off we went to the fair. Well thnx to sony site which informed me of the IT fair for sony DSLR . After a long walk around finding everything from chocolates to soaps, alas here comes the electronics department. A quick check says 60D is cheaper than D7000. So Canon, u get a new customer today  .

Proud owner of 60D and ofcourse loads of goodies to go along with the purchase.

 

 

The first impression once i got the DSLR, man!! tats heavy…  way heavy than my A380. Still it feels solid to work with. All that aluminium body has been put to good weight and is robust. Both my A380 and 60D came with a movable LCD screen. But 60D has the option to flip it over and close the LCD. This provides a better protection when it comes to rough use of the camera.

Somehow, i like the button layout of the Sony compared to the Canon. Sony layout seems more natural to the hand movement than the Canon. Canon feels a bit awkward when it comes to changing aperture, shutter and also exposure. Also the menu control lacks feedback, no sound, no physical feedback. Seems like the only way to know that the button is pressed is to look for the response on the screen or the viewfinder. Also the controls are too cramped into a very small space, very easy to press the wrong key.

But on a positive note, the performance is really good. So is the setting on the cam very detailed.

 

 

One nice feature in Canon is that they do support Mac users. Neither sony phones nor cams provide support for Mac users. So now its time to test out the Canon and have fun.





Moving to a new Web Host

11 03 2011

Been years since i fell in love with wordpress. Still hosting on wordpress has its limitations, So decided to move the entire blog to a new Web Host. So the blog is now moved to dreamzalive.





Second Try on Augmented Reality

8 03 2011

The previous code i had used was too unstable, it crashes more often than it runs. So searched for a better version of toolkit code and started a code from the scratch rather than using the simplar code. This time the code was much more stable and was able to display more files than the previous version.

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The Marker is available here

Update: Fixed problem which prevented the model from displaying in web server. Now a torus should be visible once the marker is shown.





A try with Augmented Reality

6 03 2011

Augmented Reality had always been a field of interest. The ability to combine various technologies and to get a outcome which is more intuitive has what that attracts me to the field. Alast after long weeks of thinking of working, and not working coz of laziness :), Decided to give a try.  The easiest method was to use the flartook kit.

It already had its framework to communicate with the camera and get data. Which left only the modeling and the marker part to implement. This reduced loads of work. Very good for lazy ppl like me :).  First work was to get an idea of the code and its working. after few experiments and few crashes it was time to implement some code, but wanted some good 3D models. Being too lazy to start and draw a model, had the lazy man’s best friend at my side “The Google” :D. googled for few models and atlast came up with the same model which we used for our animation project.

Now that reminded me, i already should be having the source files of the Animation projects. A quick search revealed i have misplaced tat too 😀 . So thanks to Dinesh who actually had the copy the source files and was not lazy. So got the code up and running and here is what i ended up with.

http://dreamzalive.net/AR/ARTest1.swf

The maker is available here

Rather than printing the marker and then showing in front of the camera, Upload the marker to your smartphone or ipods and then just flash the smartphone in front of camera. Saves the time of printing :).





Light Show at Marina Bay Singapore

21 02 2011

On a usual weekend roaming we came across the newly installed light show at the Marina Bay Singapore. Sadly we could only catch the last few minutes of the show. But it was something similar to show which is already installed in Sentosa “Songs of the Sea” Just that this is a little more elaborate than the latter.

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