Used to be scanning in film required either a flatbed scanner with a special compartment inside or a standalone scanner — neither of which were particularly cheap. Soon you’ll be able to do it with nothing but your phone and the Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner ($50). This portable device uses your smartphone’s built-in camera and an included app to take high-resolution scans of nearly any kind of 35mm film, including color negative, color slide, and black and white films, as well as longer panoramic shots and analog movies.
About a week ago we featured an unnamed hand crafted Laser crafted beautiful twin lens reflex with a Polaroid back.
I’ll be lying if I did not admit that I would love to see a commercial version of this camera. Kevin Kodooka just released a short teaser for the upcoming kit. Maybe via Kickstarter, it definitely has the right vibe for it. (Still no name though).
That said, I doubt it would be a cheap kit. The lenses alone are usually in the range of hundreds over at eBay. Hit the jump for a video and a list of features.
Folding Wrist Level Viewfinder
Mamiya type 80 Polaroid Back
Rotatable Back (Portrait / Landscape)
Rack And Pinion Focus
Ground Glass Composition
Beautiful Polaroid Prints
Keep your hands warm this winter by wrapping them in Chaval Response-XRT Heated Gloves ($390). These waterproof, windproof gloves feature alphaHEAT tech that automatically adjusts heat levels to keep your hands warm — but not roasting — and uses flat, flexible, conductive traces instead of wires to keep yourself comfortable. Other features include an integrated charging cable for the lithium-polymer battery, an elastic wrist for a secure fit, and 4-6 hours of heating time per charge.
Snolo Sleds Stealth-X
You don’t play tennis with a wooden racket or catch fish with a wooden rod so why take to the hills for the extreme winter sport of sledding with toboggan technology from a hundred years ago? You shouldn’t. The Snolo is a high performance carbon fiber sled that glides and corners like a rally racer. Fold it up, strap it to your back and hit the backcountry.
Get a minimal size with maximum utility with the Capsule Minimalist Wallet ($45). Crafted from high quality leather, the Capsule offers an integrated CashStrap to hold bills, a fast access front pocket for your ID and most frequently used cards, and a secure interior pocket for other cards. Overall, it can comfortably carry six cards — as well as several bills — without adding a huge bulge to your pocket.
Keep your electronics going through the next power outage with the Eton Boost Turbine ($60). This portable power pack features a 2000 mAH lithium-ion battery pack, a durable aluminum body, an LED charge indicator, a Micro-USB DC input for use with standard phone chargers, and your choice of one of four exterior colors. The big deal, however, is the built-in hand turbine power generator, which lets you juice up the battery, no electricity required.
We’ve played some pretty good pinball games on the iPad — but somehow, we still missed the visceral experience of button-mashing that comes from playing a real game. The Duo Pinball iPad Controller ($60) bridges this gap by holding your iPad at a reclined angle and adding a spring loaded plunger, two side buttons, and realistic bump and tilt mechanics to your iPad via Bluetooth, getting you far closer to the feel of a real machine. It’s also compatible with the iPhone and certain versions of the iPod touch, but somehow we guess a smaller screen just won’t do it justice.
And you thought dog photos taken on land were cute. Underwater Dogs ($12) is a testament to the power of the pooch. Weighing in at over 140 pages, it features more than 80 portraits by award-winning pet photographer and animal rights activist Seth Casteel, all printed in high quality on thick stock. A perfect oversized stocking stuffer for the canine lover in your life.