Imaging giant Fujifilm India announced the launch of its latest Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-2, the Instax Square SQ6 Taylor Swift Edition camera, and the Instax Square Taylor Swift Edition camera film in the country. The latest instant smartphone printer can print credit-card sized photos within a matter of 10 seconds.
Apart from that, Fujifilm has also tied up with Taylor Swift to create custom instant cameras and proprietary camera film with the singer’s autograph to cater to her fanbase in the Indian market. Both the printer and camera will be available across Fujifilm’s offline and online retailers in India.
Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-2 details
The Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-2 offers a resulting image size of 62x46mm and has a printing resolution of 320dpi. Printing levels are set at 256 per colour, and the portable printer’s recording method involves 3-colour exposure with OLED. Apart from that, it supports only the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band and has a 10-second buffer between image input and output. Printing capacity is set at 100 prints. Dimensions of the Instax Share smartphone printer SP-2 are 89.5×131.8x40mm and weight is 250 grams without battery and film pack.
The Instax Share mobile app can be used to apply filters and templates making the final print even better than the original photo. The app can also be used to adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation of the image. With the “Collage template” feature, two to four images can be combined into one and with the “Split template” feature, one image can be split into two.
The smartphone printer is available in India at a price of Rs. 13,499 in Gold and Silver colour options.
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Taylor Swift Edition camera and film details
This instant camera is a limited edition variant of the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 launched in India in June this year. The camera features a gold-coloured newspaper pattern on a black base, and has a metallic ring around the lens. A reproduction of Taylor Swift’s autograph is printed on the back of the body.
It offers five shooting modes – Auto, Selfie, Macro, Landscape, and Double Exposure. The Double Exposure mode allows the camera to overlap two shots in a single piece of film when the shutter button is press twice. The Macro mode can take photos from as close as 30cm away. And, the landscape mode has been designed for taking long-range photos. Dimensions of the camera are 118.7×128.1×58.1mm and its weight is about 393 grams without battery, strap, and film pack. Bundled in the pack is a Taylor Swift edition shoulder strap.
The company has also launched its Taylor Swift Edition Instax film which features a print of Taylor Swift’s autograph on a black-coloured frame. The camera is priced at Rs. 14,499, while the pack of 10 films gets a price tag of Rs. 899 in the Indian market.
Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900
Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.
The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.
The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.
“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.
Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.
As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.
Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.
“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.
Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.
The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.
Novel device can quickly detect strokes
Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.
A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.
Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.
The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.
“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.
Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”
The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.
“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.
“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.
Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.
Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton
Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.
Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.
“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.
Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.
She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.