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PS Technik Rehousing Kowa Lenses and Lens Checker: NAB 2017

Who does not love the look and feel from vintage KOWA Anamorphic lenses? These lenses have been produced until the 1970s. These lenses are rare, but they are also very popular because of their small size and compact form factor. KOWA lenses are often considered ideal for handheld, Steadicam or drone camera work. These vintage anamorphic lenses deliver a low contrast warm color and can be made to flare easily. Yet, the flare is not the standard blue anamorphic flare often seen, but warmer....

Hackers easily tricked Samsung Galaxy S8 iris recognition with a photo and contact lens

Samsung launched its latest and greatest Galaxy S8 with IRIS scanner and facial recognition. The company said its facial recognition feature is just for fun and not meant to be used for security purposes. For security, users must either use IRIS scanner or the fingerprint/passcode, the company recommended. Now some hackers from German have successfully managed to bypass the IRIS recognition authentication system of the Galaxy S8 as well.The hackers with the Chaos Computer Club claim that they...

Apple supplier Largan confirms it is shipping 3D-sensing lenses later this year, likely destined for iPhone 8

A well-known Apple supplier, Largan Precision, has announced that it is shipping 3D depth-sensing lenses in the second half of 2017 (via Nikkei). Although it didn’t identify brands by name, industry experts believe that these camera components are for the iPhone 8.The special sensors will enable face recognition functionality, allowing users of the high-end iPhone to unlock their device just by looking at the screen. Largan already supplies most of the rear camera lenses used in the iPhone 7...