camera – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Tue, 24 Nov 2020 12:09:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 Pixii Digital Rangefinder Camera https://tiresandparts.net/lifestyle/hot-products/pixii-digital-rangefinder-camera/ https://tiresandparts.net/lifestyle/hot-products/pixii-digital-rangefinder-camera/#respond Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:08:19 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=25414 Made by a French startup called Pixii, the Pixii Digital Rangefinder camera comes with a real rangefinder and differs from other modern cameras in that it does not have an LCD screen on the back. It is meant for the digitally savvy generation and photos can be seen through your smartphone which can be paired with […]

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Made by a French startup called Pixii, the Pixii Digital Rangefinder camera comes with a real rangefinder and differs from other modern cameras in that it does not have an LCD screen on the back. It is meant for the digitally savvy generation and photos can be seen through your smartphone which can be paired with the camera. Similarly, there are no slots for a memory cards, but it comes with either 8 or 32 gigabytes of internal storage and the ability to share data with the paired smartphone

The machined aluminum camera has a CMOS sensor having a global electronic shutter, a 12-bit sampling rate, large pixels, and a high dynamic range (60-90dB). The range can be adjusted from ISO 100 to 6400.

There is a Leica M mount on the front of the camera, but with the use of an adapter, the camera is also compatible with M39 and LTM lenses. While focusing and aperture control are manual, the shutter speed can be adjusted either manually or automatically.

The optical viewfinder of the camera has a magnification of 0.67x and contains LED backlit frame lines (40/50mm and 28/35mm) and exposure indicators. Other features include auto LED brightness adjustment and automatic parallax correction.

On the top of the camera, there is an OLED control screen through which photographers can adjust ISO, white balance, and other supplementary settings.

Other features and specs include an ISO accessory shoe, a tripod mount, a two-stage shutter button (AE lock and shutter release), Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity, a 1000mAh Li-ion battery, and an integrated USB charger.

The camera will be launched in Europe in December.

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Continental Eliminates Blind Spots with Virtual A-Pillar https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/continental-eliminates-blind-spots-with-virtual-a-pillar/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/continental-eliminates-blind-spots-with-virtual-a-pillar/#respond Fri, 26 Oct 2018 04:55:41 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=25030 Continental has developed a virtual A-pillar which can help eliminate forward blind spots and thus minimize the risk of accidents. The A-pillars refer to the front support pillars in a vehicle which support the windshield and serve as the base for the roof of the vehicle. It does obstruct the view of the driver to […]

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Continental has developed a virtual A-pillar which can help eliminate forward blind spots and thus minimize the risk of accidents. The A-pillars refer to the front support pillars in a vehicle which support the windshield and serve as the base for the roof of the vehicle. It does obstruct the view of the driver to some extent. In order to comply with norms regarding rollover safety and roof-crush standards, these pillars have become bigger thus posing more risk when it comes to visibility of other road users.

Commenting on the virtual A-pillar, Dr Karsten Michels, head of Systems and Technology — interior division, Continental, said that the development of the pillar was driven by the desire to increase the safety of all road users. Continental used advanced technologies to come up with this solution that eliminates the forward blind spots of the A-pillars, and thus helped to reduce a critical safety hazard which so many road users experience.

In some scenarios, depending on width of the pillar, a linear distance of over 36 inches can be obstructed at just 12 feet from the pillar and this increases as the distance from the vehicle grows. Thus, the design of the A-pillar is very important when trying to increase the driver’s forward field of view.

While vehicles need widened front pillars to meet mandatory safety testing requirements, the use of new flexible OLED displays and advanced head tracking can enhance visibility from the driver’s view. Currently, drivers compensate for the lack of forward vision by adjusting their position while driving. The Virtual A-Pillar uses an interior camera that is mounted just above the steering wheel to track these movements. There is another camera, Continental’s SurroundView camera, which is mounted on the vehicle’s exterior, which provides a live video of the vehicle’s external environment to the OLED displays embedded in the A-pillars.

The virtual A-pillar thus tracks the driver’s head movements and pairs it with the exterior live image, to offer the driver a dynamic perspective, and the experience for the driver is more like looking through an extended ‘window’ rather than at a live video feed.

Enhanced safety for vulnerable road users

“This new technology allows the driver to see pedestrians and other vehicles approaching from the left and right, which would have otherwise been blocked by the A-pillar,” Michels added.
With the advancements of camera and display technology, Continental says its virtual A-pillar will allow the driver to maintain a direct line of sight when turning left or right, providing additional safety for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

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