The smartphones in our pockets have cameras that could only have been dreamed of a few years ago, yet most only take a couple of selfies. So why not use these miracles of engineering to do more? Cupris‘ phone case converts the smartphone into a digital medical instrument. Helene tells Andrew more about their upcoming products.
The Cupris smartphone case mounts specialist medical lenses in front of the smartphone camera to take images and videos. The first device is an otoscope (right) for examining the eardrum and the second is an ophthalmoscope (left) for retinal imaging. The big benefit of digital imaging over the traditional scopes is that the pictures can be added to the patient record for review at a later date.
The otoscope will be available soon for less than GB£100.
Last Friday, Panasonic introduced the LUMIX FZ150 Digital camera. It is part of their 3D camera line as a digital point-and-shoot. With a 24x Optical zoom and 25mm Ultra Wide-Amgle Leica lens, the 12.1 megapixel MOS sensor camera can also shoot HD video (1920 x 1080 60p).
“Panasonic continues to strive to meet the photography demands of its consumers by providing unique features and advanced technology in all our LUMIX digital cameras,” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.
Their adding to the line of Pro handheld cameras, too. A prototype of a future Lumix camera (yet to be named) was displayed at IFA 2011. The video camera can shoot in 2D and 3D, and has two – 4x optical zoom lenses. Video is recorded in the AVCHD format.
Panasonic also announced their HDC-Z10000 camera, another 2D/3D camcorder with low-light and macro shooting ability. You will be able to record close in low light, thanks to the f/1.5 lens and focus as close at 17.8 inches. The Z10000 has a 10x zoom for 3D and 12x for 2D. It contains a dual 3MOS sensor (each with 6.57 MP resolution).
Jeffrey hooks up with Joseph Kane to get the latest developments at BigC, the distributor of the Dino-Lite digital microscope camera. It connects to a PC or laptop via USB and this year’s models are evolutionary with improved optics.
The camera can focus from infinity right down to almost no distance at all and as the distance is reduced, the magnification increases. The video gives a good demonstration of this, going from a shot down a hallway to magnified view of a watch mechanism at around 215x magnification. Impressive.
There are loads of different models aimed at different tasks and activities and these are all on the website.
The model on show is $499 but other ‘scopes start from around $200.
Eric Davidson from Flir Systems shows Todd their latest hand-held pocket night-vision scope. Building on their background in military products, this scope is lighter, smaller and cheaper. Aimed at the outdoorsman (and woman), it runs off a re-chargeable li-ion battery for around five hours and can be charged from USB. Available from April.