Sneakily-Designed Camera Lens Lets You Capture Subjects Unawares

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I used to know a guy who did street photography and caught amazingly intimate shots of total strangers. I always asked him “How the hell did you capture that?” as I couldn’t believe how close he got to these people, and how unaware they seemed of the camera. He said his best shots came from using a compact camera that he held against his chest; on the street or the subway, no one realized he was even shooting. But doing that with an SLR, he told me, would be out of the question.

It’s for that reason that PhotoJojo is producing their Super-Secret Spy Lens. You simply screw it onto the end of your regular lens, enabling you to now shoot 90 degrees away from what your camera is pointed at; the SSS Lens isn’t a lens at all, but a simple housing for a mirror.

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As with my chest-shooting buddy, anyone paying close attention may realize you’re shooting them; but this will surely increase your chances of getting that impossibly-candid shot.

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Conjuring Arts Playing Cards

Historic skulls adorn a custom card set from the elusive center for magic

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We visited Bill Kalush last year and learned about the Conjuring Arts Research Center—his hidden library of rare texts and artifacts related to the history of magic. The center is also a community hub for the occult, publishing the biannual scholarly journal Gibecière and running the Hocus Pocus magic…

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New owners of Battersea Power Station pledge to finally redevelop London landmark

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Dezeen News: the new owners of Battersea Power Station say their £8bn revamp of the site will begin in 2013, ending more than 25 years of speculation over the future of the London landmark. (more…)

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There’s an App for That: Simulating Clarity with the Chameleon Clock

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In the spirit of Hipstomp’s clarion call for clarity, we’ve got some oldie-but-goodie images of meme-y screen-based optical illusions. A new-ish iPad/iPhone app called the Chameleon Clock jazzes up the time with the so-called ‘transparent screen’ effect, which is achieved by setting a highly site-specific image as the background image of a display.

Say hello to Chameleon Clock—a big, bold, beautiful clock for iOS. Chameleon Clock blends into your environment by using the camera on the back of your device to either sample the colour of whatever is behind it or, play a live video feed.

Toggle the time display between black & white to match your device with a simple tap and change its transparency with a swipe up or down—anything from jet black and pure white all the way down to barely visible for a more subtle effect.

Tap the mode icon in the bottom left hand corner of the screen to switch between Chameleon Mode where the background colour of the screen is constantly updated to match whatever is behind it, and Live Camera Mode where the background becomes a live video feed.

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Cult of Mac notes that this feature might eventually go native: “Apple applied for a patent which described how they could add a ‘wild new dynamic screen saver system that could sense the environment it is in and in a chameleon-like fashion automatically change the screen saver.'”

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The developers behind Chameleon Clock cited this April 2011 roundup of variations on theme (via Flickr) as the inspiration behind the app.

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The Conductor’s Gestures

 The Conductor’s Gestures

The conductor is a performer, a leader of bigger bands. Who leads the orchestra with passes. These gestures are as essential as the sign language for the deafs.The conductor’s movements have exact and important denotation. He is able to tell through his gestures the composition’s substance and the way the music should be played.
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AnLstudio + heebon: houseWING

evoking the form of an airplane wing, a white framework wraps and travels across the confined apartment interior to visually differentiate the opposite yet adjacent functions of dwelling and working.

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Fluffy Cyclops iPad Case

iLoveHandles created an iPod case that has built in cleaning and huge cuddling factor! The case uses the camera of your iPad as the cyclops eye and you can clean your iPad’s screen with its hands.

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Find more images of the fluffy cyclops iPad case and a ton of other creative stuff at Creativitea.org, your daily cup of inspiration
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