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StyleShoots’ Robotic Studio Lights and Shoots Fashion Photos All by Itself

Fashion photographers now have a very real reason to claim that robots are taking their jobs. A company called StyleShoots has designed a fully-robotic fashion photography studio that can set up its own lighting and capture its own pictures and video while poor unemployed photographers stand by and watch.

Okay, maybe it’s not quite that dramatic, but StyleShoots’ robotic studio, dubbed Live, is very real. They’re calling it the world’s first “smart studio”—a “complete photo studio for model photography built into one machine.”

Live consists of a depth sensor, a few High-CRI LED panels, and a Canon 1DX Mark II, all controlled by a stylist from the comfort of their own iPad Pro. Just input some simple instructions, ask your model to pose in the little “room” at one end of the contraption, and Live will basically do the rest. See Live in action below:

The point of Live, as the video explains, is that it can automatically create the plethora of “custom content” required by fashion brands these days.

That stylish photo of their new jacket has to appear not just in an online store, but on their website, on Instagram, through Snapchat, in magazine ads, and elsewhere. Live can, all at once and without much in way of human interaction, capture and tailor fashion imagery and video to every one of those needs.

Of course, this kind of convenience doesn’t come cheaply; in fact, we have no idea how expensive it really is because StyleShoots requires you get a quote if you’re really interested in buying Live. And if you’d like to lease it instead, you’ll have to sign a 2-year agreement… minimum. This is a machine targeted at big brands with big budgets and big catalog requirements.

To learn more about Live, what it can do, and if (or why) you should be scared for your job, head over to the StyleShoots website by clicking here. And if you want to see Live in action, StyleShoots will be showing it off at EuroShop 2017 (Hall 11, Booth F59) from March 5th through the 9th.

(via Engadget)

LAB-BOX Lets You Develop Your Film at Home Without a Darkroom

Developing your own 35mm or 120 film at home almost always requires a darkroom, but LAB-BOX wants to change all that. The new ‘multi-format daylight-loading film tank’ lets you develop your own film anywhere, even in bright sunlight if you’d like. No darkroom required.

Released on Kickstarter earlier today and already more than a third of the way to its funding goal, LAB-BOX is being marketed as the perfect tool for educators and film nerds alike. It’s a daylight loading developing station that allows you to process your own 120 and 135 film without the need to load your rolls in the dark.

This simple video shows you how the innovative contraption works:

As you can see, the most difficult part (and we’re using the term difficult liberally here) is making sure you properly load the film cartridge so you don’t accidentally waste a bunch of chemicals on film that was never spooled onto the reel.

Once you’ve mastered that bit, however, you’ll be able to use whatever developing process you like/have chemicals for.

The LAB-BOX can be purchased with either a 135 or 120 film loading “module” (or both), and the modular design consists of just a few parts that are easy to disassemble and clean as needed. Even put together, the whole box is highly portable—perfect for the classroom, your desk at home, or a backpack while you’re traveling.

Here’s a closer look at the LAB-BOX, how it works, and what it can do:

The LAB-BOX is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, and if the first hour of its campaign is anything to judge by, it’s going to blow away its $76K funding goal.

There are still some super early bird Kickstarter deals available that will let you get your own LAB-BOX with either a 135 or 120 module for just $73 or both modules for just $95 (only 10 of those left as of this writing). But even when those go away, there are more discounts to be had if you act fast.

To learn more or pick up a LAB-BOX developing station for yourself, head over to the Kickstarter campaign by clicking here.

Humor: Marriage Proposals in the Age of Instagram

Comedian John Crist made this humorous 3-minute video poking fun of the “The Millennial Marriage Proposal,” in which a girlfriend being proposed to (played by Megan Batoon) is too focused on the resulting photos and videos to enjoy the moment.

“Because what’s the point of getting engaged if you don’t post it on Instagram?,” Crist says.

(via John Crist via DIYP)