The EVIL Camera Design Project update...

Started Oct 30, 2007 | Discussions thread
OP chuxter Forum Pro • Posts: 21,714
Re: I'd buy one ... BUT

DirectorOfIncompetenceCompetency wrote:

Let me respond to your last question first...I don't know for sure
what you are asking. If you are asking about needing a dark
environment during the period when the data is being transferred off
the sensor, the answer is yes. If you were asking if some of your
ideas about how to eliminate the "blinder", the answer is yes.

Even with the sensor powered down, the Silicon photodiodes respond to
light.

My thought though was that the sensor output (how the photodiodes are
responding) is shifted to a blank circut (goes nowhere) and
electronically a blank or dark reading is substituted. like an old
printer box; when you want the photodiode input, the box is on A,
when you want the pure black input switch the box to B.

That might do part of what needs to be done. But to do a dark frame subtraction, the photosites must be operating normally, so that if they have noise or are "hot", that can be recorded and subtracted.

The problem with icons is that they often are culturally sensitive.
While you and I might understand the tortise and hare paradigm, other
cultures might eat these critters for dinner! One solution for this
is to have an Icon Help feature. Note that I don't have ANY icons or
words on the camera body or hand grip. This was intentional (I guess
I should include this description in the rewrite?). I intend to put a
strip of plastic/metal/paper to the left of the buttons on the back
of the hand grip. This strip will allow the user to customize the
icons for these buttons, which are programmable. The user can select
icons that imply the correct function.

A great idea. Take a look at the Optimus Maximus keyboard for some
inspiration.

You might explain the "sharks with laser beams"...

you might want to watch an austin powers movie....;}

I avoided all the Austin Powers movies.

While this is a rather speculative design exercise, I sorta wanted to
keep it realistic. If I was to suggest a completely "new" idea, it
would be rejected by many people (who can't stand new ideas). My goal
is NOT to go into business, patent ideas, etc. My goal is to show
camera manufacturers and customers that it's time to do an EVIL
camera. I intentionally limited my self to ideas that I know how to
build. I haven't suggested anything that is not possible...today.

Understandable, but I think you SHOULD be interested in patenting,
trademarking, copyrighting....anythinging to protect your
intellectual property. who knows what this might spawn. just like
the guy who invented the reflector thingys in the middle of the road,
his family ended up with nothing. nothing wrong with getting a bit
of the pie for your already tremendous effort.

I have many patents. Waste of time. Unless you can afford a full time patent atty the patent atty is the only one to benefit.

I really like "brainstorming" and am quite good at it. But
"brainstorming" requires:

1. The participants know each other
2. The participants are comfortable enough to suggest silly ideas
3. The participants have already established a pecking order

I agree completely with number 2. I disagree completely with number
1; as long as people are open, they don't have to know each other.
As to number 3, yes someone has to write down the ideas and guide the
discussion, but i'm not sure it's a pecking order heirarchical sort
of thing.

my $0.0000002950 worth.

I understand that the US dollar is getting worthless, but certainly
your ideas are worth more than that.

yes, tragic about the canadian dollar being worth more than the USD,
but it was a reference to earlier in the thread (shutter speeds,
fractions.....sigh)

I didn't get it. Sorry. It's terrible when you have to explain your jokes!

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