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Projection viewfinder and twist zoom for fast, intuitive photography

This camera system enables photos to be taken very quickly without having to look at the viewfinder. Developed by a group at Osaka University, the camera projects an outline of the area which will be photographed.

"This system is called ClippingLight and it combines a camera and a projector. The area shown by the white frame is the area that will be photographed. It's basically like having a laser pointer attached to the camera, and what's more, when you twist the camera to the right, the frame becomes smaller, and when you twist left, it becomes bigger. We've used a gyro sensor and an acceleration sensor to make zooming in and out easy like this. Another feature of this system is that you can take photos while looking at the actual scene."

With this system, the emphasis is on taking photos quickly and intuitively, rather than on making the photos lifelike. So ClippingLight is intended for things like reading visual markers and taking photos as an alternative to making notes. Also, because the user can track objects while looking at the overall scene, this system makes it easy to aim at the subject very quickly.

With this system, the emphasis is on taking photos quickly and intuitively, so it is intended for tasks such as reading QR codes and taking notes, as opposed to photographing scenery or people. Also, because the user can track objects while looking at the overall area, this system makes it easy to aim at the subject very quickly.

"Lately, some digital cameras and smartphones have a built-in projector. If ClippingLight is provided as one mode in models like that, we think users could take photos very quickly. One thing that I'd like to emphasize especially is that right now, the UFO is appearing and disappearing, and when it appears, you can snap a photo of it really fast, like this. We'd like to promote our system's ability to take photos quickly and easily."

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