5 iPhone Camera Apps That Recreate the Feeling of Shooting Film

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For many of us, the blemishes and imperfections that come with shooting film are a distant memory. While the fundamentals of shutter speed and aperture setting persist, the process of shooting and sharing an image has changed massively.

It makes sense, then, that there exists a subset of camera apps designed to recreate the experience of shooting film. Here are five of the best.

1. Huji Cam

Shot with Huji Cam

Huji Cam is a faithful recreation of a disposable camera from 1998, right down to the date stamped on your images. Film simulation is fairly convincing, with light leak effects, color fringing, and an overall contrasty look reminiscent of a roll of cheap ISO 400.

The free version is a camera, and only a camera. In order to process an image with Huji, you’ll need to shoot the image with Huji. You can’t later import your own images and process them, nor can you reprocess images you’ve already taken without a $ 1 in-app purchase.

You can adjust the date format so that it reads correctly, or pretend like it’s 1998 and use default settings. It’s up to you whether or not you enable or disable light leaks, set a timer, opt for low-quality images, or shoot with the front-facing camera.

Download: Huji Cam (Free with in-app purchase)

2. Gudak

Gudak for iPhone

If you’re desperate to recreate the entire process of shooting with disposable film cameras, Gudak is the app for you. Unlike the other apps on this list, this one really limits what you can do with a strict set of rules.

Gudak shoots virtual rolls of film, and you’ll get 24 exposures on each roll. When you finish a roll, you’ll have to wait an hour before you can load another and begin shooting again. In order to see your images, you’ll have to hit the “develop” button and wait three days.

By doing so, the app reintroduces a long-lost element of surprise. By the time your photos are ready, you probably won’t remember exactly what it was you were shooting. The developers have gone to considerable lengths to stop you from cheating by changing your device’s date and time too.

The photos are fine, but it’s the experience that really shines. Gudak limits your view to a tiny viewfinder, removes focus and exposure control, and basically strips photography back to its point-and-shoot basics.

Download: Gudak ($ 1)

3. CALLA

iPhone CALLA Photo

If Gudak and Huji Cam are disposable film cameras, CALLA is a cheap but purpose-built 35mm point-and-shoot. The app itself is heavily stylized, and a bit confusing to use due to unconventional button placement and a mixture of Korean and English languages.

The app includes a few different types of film, but you only get one for free. The images I shot with this preset looked pretty good, with a softness to the image reminiscent of cheap plastic lenses. The colors are warm, and there’s a fair amount of grain, but no light leaks.

There’s a full set of photo controls, including touch-to-focus and expose. You can also manually control your focus using the ring near the shutter button (it’s a lot of fun). Additionally, the app supports importing your Camera Roll images into CALLA and processing them.

There are in-app purchases to unlock more looks, with the option of watching ads instead (but that will take a while).

Download: CALLA (Free with in-app purchases)

4. KD Pro

Shot with KD Pro for iPhone

Not only is KD Pro free, it also includes three entirely separate film-like looks: Kudak (Kodak), Kuji (Fujifilm), and a black and white preset. If you want, you can also enable the date stamp and light leaks.

The app allows you to choose your own development time, whether it’s instant, an hour, or a day. To me, this is pointless because I’m always going to choose the instant option. I prefer Gudak’s method of forcing me to wait, since I have little self control.

Overall, KD Pro does a great job of creating some heavily stylized photos. You can mix film styles in a roll simply by changing the filter in your app’s settings. Unless you upgrade to premium ($ 1), you can’t reprocess anything after you’ve taken it nor can you import images from your Camera Roll.

Download: KD Pro (Free with in-app purchase)

5. Thirty Six

Shot with Thirty Six for iPhone

Probably my favorite app of its kind, Thirty Six strikes a perfect balance between the film look, the analog process, and digital convenience. The app includes several different looks, including square format 12 exposure films, and color or black and white 36 exposure films.

Once you’ve chosen a look, you can’t change it until you’ve developed the current roll of film. If you want to develop a film before you’ve finished it, you’ll see a warning that you still have exposures left. When your film is developed, you’ll be able to choose your favorites on a contact sheet then enlarge them for a proper look.

Controls are basic, but not stylized to imitate a disposable camera. You can tap to focus/expose and enable the flash—that’s it. The images, particularly the high contrast black and whites, are some of the best I’ve seen from these kinds of apps.

For the price, it’s worth a shot.

Download: Thirty Six ($ 2)

Toys or Tools? It Doesn’t Matter

These apps are arguably toys, but there’s nothing wrong with that. They offer not just filters and styles, but the chance to step out of your comfort zone and approach photography from another perspective. Believe it or not, this one of the best ways to improve your photography.

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GDPR could have connected healthcare providers feeling queasy in 2018

GDPR could have connected healthcare providers feeling queasy in 2018

Analyst firm Berg Insight warns of challenges facing makers of medical devices and apps with the May 2018 introduction of GDPR. 

As 2017 draws to a close, there’s not long to go until the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect. From 25 May 2018 onwards, GDPR will be directly binding and applicable to all data collectors, including makers of IoT devices and providers of the services these devices deliver.

In the healthcare sector, in particular, that could spell trouble, according to a report issued this week from analysts at research firm Berg Insight, Connected Care in Europe. It predicts challenges ahead for companies offering medical devices and apps.

Berg Insight’s analysts are particularly concerned about the kinds of connected healthcare products used for remote patient monitoring in telecare and telehealth applications. “Today, data is increasingly used to help patients, without the need of the patient’s own active involvement,” they explain. “This includes various kinds of health data, as well as user location and movement data, which could be used to identify abnormalities.”

For example, with next-generation telecare systems, if a patient does not leave the house for a few days (or, indeed, does leave the house when they’re not supposed to), or goes to bed at an unusual time, a notification might be sent to relatives or caregivers. Next-generation telehealth systems, meanwhile, will often observe patient’s vital signs and transmit data about their condition to healthcare providers, for use in the remote management of conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.

Read more: Time to get moving on GDPR preparation, lawyers warn

Strict set of exemptions

That’s all well and good, but GDPR lays down some very specific rules when it comes personal health data, which it prohibits in all but a very limited set of circumstances.

Exemptions only apply “where the data subject has given consent, where processing  is ‘necessary for reasons of public interest in the area of public health’, and where it’s needed for research, diagnosis or treatment,” as David Meyer, author of Control Shift: How Technology Affects You and Your Rights, explained in an article for Internet of Business back in July.

That may sound like it clears the way for all clinical IoT, but life isn’t quite so simple, as the GDPR is very strict about purpose limitation,” warns Meyer. It’s also pretty particular in its definition of ‘explicit consent’, too, so a number of specific requirements will need to be in place for a patient’s consent to be deemed valid.

These concerns are echoed at Berg Insight. “While the future is data-driven, end users do care more and more about integrity aspects,” says analyst Anders Frick.

The fact that the regulation, by default, prohibits processing of health data unless this explicit consent is in place, he predicts, “will cause challenges for those telecare and telehealth solution providers that are not proactively working on their preparations. If the solution providers are not prepared for handling processing and storing sensitive data in accordance with GDPR, they could risk heavy fines if not fulfilling the requirements.”

Read more: Why the IoT industry needs to pay attention to ePrivacy Regulation

Hefty penalties

And the work involved looks set to pile up as the number of people using connected care solutions grows: at the end of 2016, the number totalled around 5.9 million across Europe, according to Berg Insight’s estimates. By 2022, it could be as many as 16.5 million people.

But if the compliance workload looks hefty, so do the potential penalties for failing to comply: in the most serious of cases, these could amount to 4 percent of annual turnover or €20 million, whichever sum is the greater. That should be enough to make even the most robust executive team feel a little queasy.

Read more: European Parliament pushes on IoT device security and interoperability

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This Computer Knows How Much Pain You’re Feeling

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A new algorithm can see right through you — and me, too. Researchers have designed a computer system that detects how much pain patients are actually in. The system rates pain levels based on facial expressions, allowing physicians to know how to treat patients. It works by analyzing facial microexpressions and then calibrating the system for the patient in question, offering a base level of objectivity that’s not as easily possible for humans.

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Discerning an accurate pain level matters because there are many patients experiencing serious pain that need help — and many people who struggle with addiction and illicitly seek out painkillers, which are highly addictive and potentially dangerous. If doctors have a reliable way to determine which patients truly need the medications, they can worry less about the knotty problem of determining who’s lying and who’s being honest about their pain.

In an attempt to render the rating pain objective, the researchers trained an algorithm, which they called “DeepFaceLIFT,” by giving it videos of people with shoulder pain wincing and grimacing after making different movements. The people in the videos then rated their pain levels. The results were published in the Journal of Machine Learning Research.

Spotting Pain

DeepFaceLIFT eventually learned to use the subtle differences in facial expressions to estimate pain levels, with movement around the nose and mouth revealing the most information about pain. While artificial intelligence has been used before to analyze expressions of pain, this could be the first system that can give personalized results based on a person’s age, sex, and skin complexion. The researchers determined that factoring in these individual characteristics yielded more accurate results than those attained from a one-size-fits-all system.

Although this algorithm may have some useful applications, it cannot yet replace the judgment of human doctors for several reasons. For example, it was trained using images with ideal photography and lighting conditions, but working in real-world conditions it might be less accurate.

Additionally, the task is inherently difficult because people experience and exhibit pain differently. How it is interpreted somewhat varies from person to person, and its expression is also dependent on culture and how long the sufferer has been enduring the pain. It’s therefore no surprise that self-reported pain scores often differ from doctor estimates.

Despite this challenges, the researchers will continue to train the program in the hopes that it will get even better at spotting pain.

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The Trailer for Telltale’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Episode 3 Is Out, Brings ‘More Than a Feeling’

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$ 4.99] (again, longest title ever) is getting ready to give us Episode 3 next week, and today we got to see the trailer for More Than a Feeling. If you’ve played Episode 2 or read our review, you’ll know that the series has been getting better and the last episode left us at quite the cliffhanger. If you watch the trailer below, you can figure out where that cliffhanger leads, so proceed at your own risk of spoilers. The trailer shows plenty of tension between the Guardians and their “associates” as well as the need to make some very momentous decisions that should really define the narrative’s direction from here on, which is interesting given that this is just Episode 3.

I’m looking forward to Episode 3 because I’ve been enjoying the series so far. There’s a good balance of familiar lore and new ideas, and the fighting sequences aren’t cumbersome (although the puzzle pieces are not that entertaining). Episode 3, More than a Feeling, is coming out August 22nd, so there’s plenty of time to catch up on the previous ones either by playing them or by reading our review.

 

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Feeling the chill: Bringing IoT to cold chain logistics in retail

In a contributed article for Internet of Business, Dermot O’Connell, vice president of OEM and IoT solutions for Dell EMC EMEA, discusses how IoT might be used to tackle supermarkets’ over-chill challenge.

The accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in our atmosphere has led to noticeable environmental changes. Ocean acidification and increasing ocean temperatures are damaging marine ecosystems. Rising sea levels are increasing risks to coastal communities and commercial facilities. Each year, at least eight million tons of plastics find their way into the ocean and the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events puts human lives at risk.

This bleak outlook should serve as a call to action for governments, businesses and the general public alike to do their part to drive change – but where to start? 

Read more: GE boss Immelt takes stand against Trump climate change moves

Retail decisions

Let’s look at the retail sector. Did you know that the retail sector, including supermarkets, is one of the largest users of F-gas (fluorinated greenhouse gas) refrigerants? That’s a situation that could be improved upon immediately and with no need for an overly complex solution.

Pretty much everyone’s heard the hype about the IoT and how cool it is that the fridge in your kitchen can tell you when you’re out of milk. But what if all the millions of refrigerated train cars, lorries and storage centres used by supermarkets in the cold chain process – the transportation and storage of perishable foodstuffs – could tell owners and operators when they actually needed to be switched on, or up, in order to keep food fresh? In fact, they already can. 

IoT sensors can be used to monitor these refrigeration units, tracking their temperature and lowering the level of energy or the number of units needed, according to how cold food needs to be and how much is currently stored. They can also track how long food has been out of refrigeration and how quickly it needs to be chilled again before it spoils and creates unnecessary waste.

A good example here is IMS Evolve, a Dell EMC partner that helps its customers monitor refrigerated food supply chains. That’s important work, because companies in the food retail industry readily admit that supply chain complexity means it is easier and safer to chill all food to the lowest temperature required (typically, that required by meat products), meaning an extensive annual over-chill.

However, by integrating data from existing machine sensors with supply chain and merchandise systems, as well as fridge control systems, each machine can be automatically set at the temperature to suit its specific contents, removing instances of over-chilling.

The ‘always on’ nature of this approach ensures that when, in the course of normal business, products are moved around a store, the right temperature for the right product is sustained automatically. The result is that IMS Evolve is able to help its clients, including a major UK supermarket, significantly reduce excess energy consumption, minimise food waste and improve customer experience.

Read more: AT&T gives wings to Red Bull IoT project

Product quality

In addition, with smart cold chains, a higher quality product can be achieved, resulting in a better customer experience. In manufacturing and processing environments, consistency of both ingredient quantities and environmental factors can be regulated and the available data from each stage of the process united to ensure the highest quality, most profitable end product every time.

Take dairy products, for example: many of us have come face-to-face with an unappetising watery yogurt, but few are aware this a familiar byproduct of over chilling, one that could be eliminated by a smarter cold chain.

The possibilities for IoT are endless, but it’s important to think beyond the big visions of smart cities and focus instead on more modest applications that would nonetheless change a business, its products or the customer experience if offers for the better. These small changes could make a big difference to the world.

Connecting the cold chain process is only one example, of course, of how businesses can make a positive impact on customer experience and on the environment. It’s important to look at all options to reduce the effect that businesses can have on the physical world – alternative shipping methods can be deployed, sustainable packaging can be used, components can be recycled. While we can’t fix global warming with just a few sensors, as more organisations realise the capabilities of IoT, it’s at least one small step in the pursuit of a better world.

Read more: Climate change will be among KPIs for smart cities by 2020, says Gartner

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