toggle

AAPL Stock: 112.92 ( + 3.23 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Nikon gains patent for 'camera tossing', impact bracing

updated 07:40 am EDT, Tue October 23, 2012

Method to detect perfect shot at apex of camera throw

Nikon has received a patent for a way to protect a device being used in "camera tossing." The Japanese patent details how a camera could detect the highest point in its trajectory in order to take a photograph, as well as to brace itself for impact as it falls back down by retracting and covering the lens.

At present, photographers need to set the shot on a timer, then time the throw of the camera so it would take the shot at the apex of the camera's trajectory. By using an accelerometer, the camera takes away the guesswork, lowering the potential number of times that the camera would need to be thrown in order to get a decent result.

By including the process of protecting the camera as part of its fall, the amount of possible damage is lessened for compact cameras, according to Nikon Rumors. Digital SLRs, though having exposed lens barrels, could still receive some protection, such as locking the mirror down to protect the sensor, and retracting parts of the lens barrel extended by zooming and focussing.

Despite the patent, it is unlikely for Nikon to place the entire idea of the patent as a marketable feature in its future releases. Though detecting a fall and automatically bracing for impact would help in some respects, detecting the perfect time to take a photograph in "camera tossing" would potentially open the door to increased warranty repairs and lawsuits from camera owners.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector

Home theaters are becoming more and more accessible these days, but maybe you've been a bit wary about buying a home projector. And h ...

MSI Geforce GTX 970 100ME

When Nvidia announced a new line of video cards in September 2014, many people thought things would continue to be business as usual i ...

Wren V5US Wireless Sound System

If you're a music fanatic, chances are you are, by extension, a bit fanatical about what you listen to your music on. If you're like ...

toggle

Most Commented