addie writes: A Silicon Valley start-up is set to change the way we take photos. Later this year, Lytro will release a camera that lets you shoot now and focus later.... The company does this with an innovative sensor called a light field sensor. The light field sensor takes in three pieces of data about each ray of light: its color, intensity and direction. Conventional camera sensors just add up all the light rays and record them as one amount of light instead of recording information about each ray.
addie writes: Long time Slashdot member and blogger MCM has just released his third children's book under a Creative Commons license, once again dealing with issues that are dear to Slashdotters' hearts. From the author "Panda Apples may or may not be an allegory to the tendency of certain members of society to blame violence and/or anarchy on certain activities (say, visual entertainment of an interactive nature). It is, at its core, an endearing and sweet kid's story with a decent load of potty humour." This follows "The Pig and the Box" touching on copyright issues, and "The Crow who Could Fly" that teaches us about the possible evils of patents and IP.
addie writes: A Calgary toddler is dead after a failure to fully understand the drawbacks of 911 over VoIP caused the ambulance to be routed far, far away from the actual emergency. From the article "An ambulance was dispatched in response to a 911 call about a toddler in distress, but the Internet phone service said paramedics went to the address it had on file — a home in Mississauga — not the new home in Calgary where the distraught family waited in vain for help." It seems the FCC in the States and the CRTC in Canada have years ago addressed the problem in theory, but how aware is the common customer of the subtle differences to regular 911?