You’re a graphic designer/photographer on a photo shoot for a new car/building/eco-resort, and when you get home, you’ll have to plug your best shots into a graphic identity for the brand. Not to worry: Adobe’s new Kuler app lets you pluck a color palette out of a saved photo–or even from your iPhone camera. And that’s not to mention the Sound Camera.
Making a coherent Web or print design can come down to matching the color palette of typography and layout to a dominant image. That just got ridiculously easy, thanks to Adobe.
Point your camera anywhere, and Kuler captures the dominant colors from your surroundings. You see the same small circles used in the color wheel mode spring to life and move around on the screen, picking out colors from the scene and creating themes in real time. Tap the picture to freeze it (this also freezes the current color theme) and you can drag the circles around on the picture to dial in the colors of specific regions or objects. No more snapping photos and trying to match colors on your own later — you can get those colors, literally, in all of their glory just by holding your iPhone camera up in front of you.
Instead of using the real-time camera capture, you can go into your iPhone’s photo library, Google, or Flickr, and complete the same process with a photo you’ve already taken. When you’ve finished and have a theme you like, you can name it, add tags, and share it to Twitter. All your work in the Kuler app syncs to your web account and Adobe Creative Cloud, so your previously created and favorited color themes will appear in the app, and your new ones will be added on the website. Adobe is also rolling out Kuler integration with all its CC programs, so eventually your themes will be automatically synced not just to Kuler’s website, but to your workspaces in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other programs you subscribe to in the cloud.
And if you make your logo adjustable, like the Whitney Museum’s new logo, your client can colorize it themselves to fit the context.
Audio more up your alley? Now there’s a camera for that too:
If you work with machinery, engines or appliances of any type, then you’ve likely experienced the frustration of hearing a troublesome noise coming from somewhere, but not being able to pinpoint where. If only you could just grab a camera, and take a picture that showed you the noise’s location. Well, soon you should be able to do so, as that’s just what the SeeSV-S205 sound camera does.
Developed in a collaboration between SM Instrument Company and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, the pentagon-shaped camera has three handles on the back….
On the flat face of the SeeSV-S205, there are a total of 30 MEMS microphones arranged in five spiral arrays. Utilizing a beamforming algorithm, these are able to detect and locate both stationary and moving noise sources.