Archive for the 'Videos' Category

Small World In Motion

Nikon have recently announced the winners of their Small World in Motion video competition this year (separate to their Small World Photomicrography competition) and the results are genuinely stunning.

If I didn’t know otherwise I would have said that any number of them could be human-made CGI or generative algorithms, but these are all genuine real life moments captured on film using varying techniques and degrees of magnification.

All of the top five chosen are worthy of their place, but my favourite is actually the entry that was awarded 2nd place – Perspiration on a human fingertip by Tsutomu Tomita and Shun Miyazaki.

It was recorded using stereomicroscopy and shows between 5x and 40x magnification of a fingertip, to the point where you can actually see individual droplets of sweat appearing on the surface of the skin.  Incredible!

See the top five and all honorable mentions from 2017 here.

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Matchbox Cars 1965

Regular readers will know that I love a behind-the-scenes look at manufacturing processes, whether that’s Apple or a pair of scissors.  But it’s even more true when it comes to a product that I’ve owned many of during my childhood.

I’m also willing to bet that most people (certainly in the UK at least) have owned, played with, or collected many a Matchbox car over the years (they now look like this by the way).

My Dad was an avid collector with hundreds, if not thousands, of models so Matchbox is a very familiar brand that fills me with nostalgia even today, so this insight into their design process and production line is fascinating.

No 3D renders or CAD, just drawing boards and handmade wooden prototypes as part of the design process and production line to show how they were manufactured in mid-60s Hackney, London.

Many thanks to British Pathé for posting this online.

Cockpit Timelapse

With the number of flights I’ve taken this year well into double digits this incredible timelapse really resonated with me.

Not that I’m ever likely to see this view from a plane, so it’s all the more brilliant that pilot (and film producer) Sales Wick decided to capture it on a redeye flight from Switzerland to Brazil and share online.

And in case you overcome the pure awe of viewing it (full screen and HD a must!) and you wonder which areas you might actually be flying over he has kindly overlaid the information!

For those of you paying particularly close attention those moving specks of light are not always other planes, some are indeed shooting stars!  Stunning!

Full info on the video and recording technique on the Beyond Clouds site here.

10K Video

I’m just getting my head around how incredible 4K video looks (not that I’ve got much hardware that will actually display it accurately), and along comes photographer Joe Capra (aka Scientifantastic) with videos shot at 10K resolution!

Yes, 10K!

Highly recommend full screen viewing for this.

The video footage was shot on a Phase One IQ180 and is comprised of hundreds of 80 megapixel images.  Starting at 14% scale (to fit on a typical 1920×1080 display) the video zooms out to stops at 50% and 100% zoom.

The detail at 100% is incredible, though you’d expect it to be when each individual raw frame is 10328×7760 pixels!  Woh!

 

 

 

 

Le Petit Chef – Bouillabaisse

Something fun for Friday – a combination of 3D animation and motion capture to project onto a dinner table.

As dining environments get more immersive and offer multi-sensory experiences this is definitely something I can see a lot more of.  Great work from Skull Mapping.

Bon appétit!

London Air Traffic Visualisation

More than 50% of the 2 million flights in UK airspace every year arrive or depart from one of the five airports in (and around) London.  That’s well over 5,000 flights using just Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London City, and Luton every day!

I appreciate that being able to imagine all of those flights is almost incomprehensible, but fortunately for us NATS have put together a superb visualisation showing exactly that.

Information is beautiful.

Watch the equally impressive air traffic videos for the whole UK here or the whole of Europe here.

 

What Happens If All The Bees Die?

The weather is turning increasingly summery outside, allowing me to ride to work without a waterproof coat (for the most part) and sit outside in the garden with a few beers at the weekend.  Inevitably the warmer weather brings with it insects, specifically bees.

Before you curse them for lingering around the BBQ food and buzzing around your pint of cider in the afternoon sun just remember that without them things would be very different.

In being “directly responsible for 70% of the fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts we consume” they actually form a rather critical element in our human lives.

Without bees “our diets would consist mainly of corn, rice, and wheat”, not that appetising I’m sure you’ll agree.  Oh, and a it looks like you’ll also be a good deal poorer and possibly naked too due to a mass decline in the availability of cotton.

So, let’s look after the bees and definitely don’t confuse them with wasps.

Thanks to AsapSCIENCE for the video.


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