Entries in Cameras (2)


Camera Found off Taiwanese Coast, Six Years Later

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- After 2,000 days at sea, a camera dating from 2007 was found on the other side of the world, and with it, memories Lindsay Scallen thought she would have trouble reliving without her photos.

“I am absolutely astounded, blown away about all that has happened,” Scallen said. “This camera [that] I lost during a night dive when it fell off of my wrist, it survived and drifted to the other side of the world.”

Taiwanese native Douglas Cheng found the barnacled and seaweed-covered camera on the beach on Feb. 13. He uploaded the photos to his camera and realized that although the camera itself did not function, the photos were still intact.

Cheng then went to Tawainese police to figure out where the photos came from.

“The police realized the photos were taken in Honolulu, and they reached out to local news media,” Scallen said. “The article then made national news this past Sunday, and my friend saw it and sent it to me, and said, ‘Hey, someone found your camera.’”

Scallen said she spoke to Cheng via Skype on Tuesday, and he told her he found the camera on Chinese New Year, which marked a special day in his culture.

“It was really cool, we spoke about 45 minutes, and we discussed how he found it, how much it meant to Taiwanese culture to find it on this day, and how he believes in destiny,” she said. “He said it was really important for him to find me, because he was curious about my story and wanted to get the memories back to me.”

All the photos from the camera survived and contain pictures of tropical fish and marine life, along with photos of Scallen with friends. China Airlines has offered to pay room, food and board fees for Scallen to visit Taiwan, as an “honored guest of Taiwan.”

“They are going to fly me and a guest on June 2 for about a week, and I am so excited,” she said. “I feel really honored. This came at a really good time in my life, and is an extra blessing because 2013 has been a great year so far, and this added to it. It is truly unbelievable.”

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McDonald’s Installing Spray-Dousing Security Systems

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Thieves Down Under might get a little something extra the next time they rob a McDonald’s.

In an effort to crack down on robberies at McDonald’s in Sydney, the company has hired SelectaDNA, a British security firm, to install a system that sprays a solution on would-be thieves on their way out the door of the fast-food outlets that can later be used to identify the culprits.

A handful of McDonald’s locations have been hit in the past few weeks by thieves who snatch more than just a Big Mac. Now the company hopes the newly installed systems will deter robbers from stealing from the Golden Arches.

“A spokesperson for McDonald’s said the company will increase the use of SelectaDNA in stores all over the country after a successful trial in their six busiest Sydney restaurants was launched in January last year,” The Sydney Morning Herald reported. "The move comes as police ramp up their patrols of local McDonald’s restaurants after a spate of robberies across Sydney during the Christmas and New Year period.”

The Intruder Spray solution was introduced in 2008 and “contains a UV tracer and a unique DNA code, linking them irrefutably to the crime scene,” according to SelectaDNA’s website.

Once triggered by a thief, the spray will fall onto intruders as they enter a business or home.  It can be synced to a panic-button or to any alarm system within a business or home. The solution is both harmless and too small to be seen but will stay on an intruder for weeks, “clinging to fibers and sitting in the creases of the skin,” according to the website.

With the installation of this high-technology security system, SelectaDNA says it will cut theft and burglaries significantly.

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