Saturday, January 19, 2008

Adobe: focus images with computational photography

Today, if you want to trim all the distracting background out of a picture--say, the crowd behind your daughter playing soccer--you have to do a lot of artful selection with high-powered software such as Photoshop. But what if your computer understood the depth of the image, just as you did when you took the picture, and could be told to just erase everything that's a certain distance behind your kid? -

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

RepRap "Wealth without money"

A machine that builds itself? Adrian Bowyer, leading researcher at the University of Bath, shows us that this seemingly fantastic idea is not far from becoming reality. The self-replicating rapid prototyper, or “RepRap,” could have dramatic effects on people in developing countries. -


Monday, January 7, 2008

Camera Array Video Matting

We present an algorithm and a system for high-quality natural video matting using a camera array. Our current system runs at several frames per second, and we believe that it is the first system capable of computing high-quality alpha mattes at near real-time rates without the use of active illumination or special backgrounds. -

Image-Based 3D Photography using Opacity Hulls

We have built a system for acquiring and displaying high quality graphical models of objects that are impossible to scan with traditional scanners. Our system can acquire highly specular and fuzzy materials, such as fur and feathers. -

Real-time 3D TV System

Three-dimensional TV is expected to be the next revolution in the history of television. We propose a 3D TV system that allows for real-time acquisition, transmission, and 3D display of dynamic scenes. -

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wiimote

Using infrared (IR) light pens and the Wii Remote, it is possible to create very low-cost multi-point interactive whiteboards and multi-point tablet displays. -

Cynergy Labs: Project Maestro

Maestro brings together Microsoft WPF, third party community libraries and custom built IR gloves to demonstrate next generation human to computer interfaces. -