Posts Tagged 'iphone'



Photographer Captures Street With iPhone


Photo by Greg Schmigel/www.justwhatisee.com

Greg Schmigel started shooting street photography with his iPhone 2G about four years ago. When he realized it took pretty decent photos, he decided he wanted to create a project that was simple, interesting and unique, and “Just What I See” was born. (He’s upgraded to the 3GS and 4 since then.) As he told the blog Uglybaby, “I really believe that about 80% of photography is about what the photographer sees. Your choice of camera makes up for the rest.” You can see more of his work here.

These days, some sort of creative endeavor with an Apple product equals instant buzz. Only Oprah has greater popular culture eminence! See Atomic Tom’s iPhone app jam session here or Jesse Rosten’s iPad-lit photo shoot here.  (Atomic Tom’s video has over four million hits since mid-October. Four million!)

New Haven Asst. Police Chief Arrests Man for iPhone Video

A fish rots from the head down. Especially in the New Haven (CT) police department. That’s where Assistant Chief Ariel Melendez ordered the arrest of Luis Luna for filming an altercation with his iPhone one early morning in September. Luna, 26, says police took his iPhone, erased the video he took of officers breaking up a fight outside a bar, and then charged him with interfering with police. He spent the night in jail.

Assistant Chief Melendez noticed Luna and approached him “in a very intimidating manner,” Luna recalled. He asked what Luna was doing.

“I said, ‘Filming,’” Luna recalled. “He grabbed my phone and walked away.”

Melendez ordered officer Kristen Fitzgerald to arrest Luna for interfering.

“I just could not believe it,” Luna said.

Apparently this isn’t the first time police in New Haven have been caught harassing and even confiscating camera phones in the recent past. But still, Police Chief Frank Limon claims that he knows filming police is not illegal.

Assistant Chief Melendez didn’t get the memo though, despite 31 years on the force. He doesn’t mind using jackbooted tactics to enforce nonexistent laws. Know why? Because he knows he’ll get away with it.

Source: New Haven Independent

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for iPhones?

If you haven’t heard the amazing news yet, a father and son team from Brooklyn, NY, had the brilliant idea to launch an iPhone into outer space while recording its 2010 space odyssey. The entire adventure lasted about 90 minutes and covered a distance of 19 miles (approximately 100,000 feet), putting the iPhone into the upper stratosphere where the homemade space capsule was able to capture some beautiful images of space and planet earth.

For more info regarding this inspiring accomplishment, visit the Brooklyn Space Program.

App Allows Cops to ID Criminals Instantly

Police in Brockton, Mass., will be the first in the country to have a powerful technological tool at their disposal — an iPhone app that allows them to snap photos of suspects and immediately learn who they are and their criminal history. It’s all part of a facial recognition system, known as MORIS, that uses biometrics to check the photo against a database of existing criminals in mere seconds.

While the novelty of technology is always exciting, I would think some serious thought is going to have to be given to when and how this app is used. Brockton Police Chief William Conlon says, “We are not going to just randomly stop people. It will be used when someone has done something.” But some major civil liberties concerns are raised here, and there is no doubt people will question the constitutionality of such an intrusive device in the context of the Fourth Amendment.

Article from Patriot Ledger (via Switched)



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