Click now, Focus later!

It has been 4 years since Lytro debuted its camera and we feel that NOW’s the correct time to be talking about it. 4 years ago, this camera came to the surface as the world’s first camera that could click a picture first, and then focus on the subject later. Still sounds like a dream, but the technique of Light Field Photography enabled the camera to capture the entire scene in focus and would then allow you to blur the background, or foreground AFTER clicking the picture.

The reason this is so relevant today is that photography is more integral to our daily lives NOW more than ever. We’re constantly clicking selfies and images, generating more than 4 billion photographs per day (we were at 1.8 billion in 2014). So much so, that phone companies have begun upping the ante on the cameras, with flagship phones having dual lens cameras to create a sense of depth.

However it’s important to remember that Lytro does that with just one lens, and allows you to focus on objects after having composed and clicked your picture. This is what we have now, but I imagine the future holds Light Field Cameras in smartphones. Imagine only having to focus on composing the photograph, rather than tapping on your screen to focus on subjects! With the Lytro, you have full control!

Designer: Lytro

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A ride for the wanderer of the future

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This modern-world concept SUV is titled the Khoji and is designed for India in 2035. The car is designed to be a fully-electric adventure SUV, and to dominate the massive variety of terrains found in the country.

The Khoji (translating to Wanderer/Explorer) like all of Mahindra’s UVs has a fully electric drive train. It even ditches doors for a rather unique approach where the entire exterior lifts off the chassis to allow a driver to sit within. It even features a rather unique hexagonal smart-glass tiling on the front and sides that turns transparent when the car is being operated, and opaque when the car has been switched off, shielding the car’s insides from heat and direct sunlight when being operated in places like deserts, because no one enjoys sitting inside a scorching car!

Designer: Smit Shah

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Temperature-dropping Terracotta Terraces!

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From afar they may look like massive satellites on these buildings, but they’re actually designed for a completely different reason. This primary school building designed for Iran and its rather dry climate, has a double roof. The lower flat one acts as a ceiling for the classroom, and the concave container on top has a two-fold function.

It harvests rainwater, providing the school with a water supply in a country known for its relatively arid climate. What it also does is exploit terracotta’s ability to cool the environment. These earthen discs collect water, channeling them into into reservoirs hidden between the building’s double walls, simultaneously cooling the insides of the classrooms; providing free water and natural air conditioning with every rainfall. The large terracotta discs also help cut direct sunlight from hitting the roof of the building, cooling the interiors even further. BM Design Studio estimates its Concave Roof system could help the school collect up to 28 cubic meters of rainwater, while also reducing electricity costs because of the natural cooling system. That’s one way to make your school cool!

Designer: BM Design Studios

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Put Your Rhino To Work

The latest in iThinking’s original line of animalia-inspired tools, this horn-nosed hammer takes on the familiar form of the rhinoceros! Right at home on a desk top or work surface, it features a convenient holder body that always keeps it handy. Simply pull it out and attach the magnetic extendable handle to tackle light jobs, then replace it to adorn your desk top!

Designer: iThinking

Buy Now: $48.00

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Put Your Rhino To Work

The latest in iThinking’s original line of animalia-inspired tools, this horn-nosed hammer takes on the familiar form of the rhinoceros! Right at home on a desk top or work surface, it features a convenient holder body that always keeps it handy. Simply pull it out and attach the magnetic extendable handle to tackle light jobs, then replace it to adorn your desk top!

Designer: iThinking

Buy Now: $48.00

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