Officially, photography was invented on January 7, 1839. On that day, Arago presented the daguerreotype to the Academy of Sciences, named after its inventor Louis Daguerre. The latter improved Niepce’s invention, who was the first in 1826 to succeed in fixing a heliography (photograph) entitled Point de Vue du Gras and taken from his window.

The very first photo albums appeared quickly around 1840, mainly created to catalog photographic essays: a kind of research notebook of the early explorers of photographic technology.

The creation of the first photo studios at the end of the 19th century quickly led the photo album to its still important vocation: to give a showcase to family memories. Well-off families make it a decorative, living room object, made available to visitors to tell the family story. The blankets are made fancier, sometimes in leather or mother-of-pearl. We often embed photographs in decorative cardboard.

At the same time, albums of post-mortem or funeral photographs developed. Commissioned by grieving families, these albums bring together images of the dead staged, sometimes with their eyes open, with their loved ones. This type of albums and photography will not continue although it still exists in some Eastern European countries.

Photographic technology is evolving rapidly. Colour photography was born in 1861, with a first image presented by Thomas Sutton. In 1869, Louis Ducos du Hauron and Charles Cros produced the first images based on trichromy; a process making possible the reproduction of a large number of colors from three primary colors.

In 1888, Georges Eastman marketed the Kodak, the first portable camera. He thus paved the way for the advent of amateur photography. At the beginning of 1900, the possibility of creating images and collecting them in the form of photo albums was open to everyone. The first extensible albums appeared, and pages were added at will to complete the family history as it came into being.

The first use of the photo album is also throughout the 20th century, the wedding album. Families who can afford it use a professional photographer for the day of the ceremony and the couple’s photos. Depending on the service offered by the photographer, they can purchase a wedding photo album featuring the most beautiful images of the big day.

The beginning of the 19th century marked the triumph of digital photography and with it the printing of prints, posters, and the online photo album.

Scrapbooking is also developing, a favorite leisure activity, which consists in creating a unique photo album, in its image, using multiple accessories: stamps, stencils, fabrics, patterned paper, glitter, etc.

And for those who don’t feel like a scrapbooker’s soul, the offer of photo albums on the Internet is exploding. Everyone can then easily compose their album, choosing from hundreds of customizable templates to illustrate all the important moments of family life: birth, wedding, family celebrations, holidays, etc.
The album becomes a real photo book that takes its place in the family library.

Over the centuries, the photo album transformed according to the fashions and developments of photographic and printing techniques. But whatever the age, the vocation remains unchanged: to retrace, tell the family history and keep its memory for future generations. And given the rapid evolutions of IT, which switches from one storage medium to another in a few years (who can still read a floppy disk or a ZIP?), isn’t paper finally the safest way to protect and highlight this family history?

iPhone 2019 : 3 photosensors according to an analyst for stereoscopic vision

Rumors around the next iPhone are starting to multiply, and some are already imagining a smartphone with three photosensors in the back. An idea that is not unlike the Huawei P20 Pro, but for a different use.


Logically, the brand’s next Apple smartphone won’t be introduced until July, but the “rumor mill” has already set its sights on what the 2019 iPhone should look like. Some evoke in particular the generalization of the OLED screen on the whole range of this year whereas it was reserved for the iPhone X last year. Others, however, see even further ahead.


Jialin Lu, a Deutsche Securities analyst, quoted by the Economic Daily News, says that at least one of the 2019 iPhones would be entitled to a triple photosensor, similar to what Huawei proposes on its P20 Pro. However, the utility would be quite different since this device would make advanced 3D detection possible. One can imagine that the portrait mode (bokeh effect) could only be improved, but the possibility of creating a 3D image of the environment is especially mentioned.

This approach would strengthen Apple in the field of augmented reality, an area that the firm has been trying to push since the launch of ARKit. Tim Cook himself expressed an interest in augmented reality.


Marketing arguments?


Moreover, a triple camera is a marketing argument. While Huawei already offers a smartphone equipped with 3 sensors, we imagine that the competition will overbid and at least match this figure quickly enough. After taking time to switch to the dual sensor, Apple could jump at the opportunity to be among the first to embark such technology. For many, 3 will always be better than 2…


Also, the 2017 iPhone X justified its high price with its OLED screen and borderless design, elements that should be found throughout the range this year. If Apple wants to continue to offer an iPhone at a very high price and high margin, it will have to find new technological arguments to justify such a price. He’s found everything here!


Remember, however, that this is still only an analyst’s estimate based on knowledge of some aspects of the design chains, but that this is by no means a certainty. Even if such a prototype is indeed being tested, it could never pass the rigorous quality control of the Cupertino firm.


Video Drones applications in the Civil Industry

Drones refer to the unmanned aircraft systems you now see everywhere in the skies. The popularity of the drone technology has significantly grown in the civil industry, especially in the photo and video-driven niches. Drones are now being more and more popular and are seen as the toys of the decade. Almost every civil engineer is working on one at this time.
The drone technology is slowly breaking through the traditional barriers in civilian industries like the traditional gaming industry. Its efficiency is challenging everyday innovation.


Many reasons behind that


nokia promo multirotorDrones are less expensive than choppers for example and offer vital assistance when viewing the inaccessible areas which would otherwise be difficult to navigate. The aerial viewing of the challenge and assets by the drone provides the best access and approach to the area. The flying robot sends back images of the target areas to the person taking logistic plans for the next step.


The 360 degrees overhead view indicates a real-time scenario. With this input, the engineering team gets an easy time in prioritizing their approach. The drone operators can share the imaging with the sub-contractors and personnel at the site. The site planners can then have a virtual meeting to discuss the project, the challenges and equipment needed.


In civil engineering survey, drones have proven to be very essential. They act as the surveyor’s eyes in hovering above the required sites. Remotes are used to adjust the height of viewing and cameras.
After construction, the building safety is monitored by the drones to detect any cracks or bending of the building structure to offer quick remedies.


Global positioning is turning to be one of the most interesting areas in geographic information Systems. The GIS provides numerous services related to land such as land subdivision, identifying property boundaries, and surveying construction sites for building placement. Also, the GIS produces volumetric calculations, hydrographic maps, and flood insurance maps.


Applications in drone surveying


The maps by drones were developed to fuel the effectiveness growth in a survey. Today the civilian drones are shaking the civil engineering industry that was previously depending on human resources.

Other benefits of using drones in survey include; lack of disruption, the drone operator can work from a considerable far distance. The drone images have a high resolution and can easily be converted to other maps. In matters of environment, the drones are some of the most efficient devices as they are battery operated.


Shortly, drones have high chances to dominate the civil engineering industry due to its affordability, practicality, speed, and ingenuity as well.

The increased adoption of drone technology in the sector will help to improve on the project results. It will contribute to offer alternatives to problem assessment. Despite from photography or video and mapping applications, drones have several other uses under development due to the numerous investments and new designs pouring in the industry.

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