Posts Tagged ‘research’

How Humans Are Teaching Computers To See and Understand Photos

Three year old children can make sense of what they see in photos and describe them to us, but even the most advanced computers have historically had difficulties with that same task. That’s quickly changing though, as computer scientists are developing powerful new ways to have computers identify what a photograph is showing.

The video above is a new TED talk given by Fei-Fei Li, a Stanford professor who’s one of the world’s leading experts on computer vision. She talks about her revolutionary ImageNet project that has changed how computers “see.”
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Tiny ‘Nano Earthquakes’ Could Improve the Low Light Performance of Cameras

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The low light performance in your future camera may be improved thanks to new research in “nano earthquakes.” Researchers have found that sound waves can be used to improve the electronic properties of 2D materials, paving the way for things such as camera sensors that can capture better shots in dark environments.
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Cockroaches Have Eyes Capable of Long Exposures for Seeing in the Dark

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Did you know that some creatures can actually see the world in long exposures? Scientists recently discovered that cockroaches are the latest insect found to have that feature built into their eyes and brains. It allows the resilient little bugs to see in near-pitch black environments.
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An Algorithm That Can Distinguish Beautiful Portraits From Ugly Ones

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Could machines be trained to tell the difference between a beautiful portrait photo and a not-so-pleasing one? Beauty is pretty subjective, but scientists are trying to boil down the common properties of beautiful digital portrait photos so that a computer can be trained to spot them. Along the way, they’re revealing interesting new things about what people look for in portraits.
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The First Ever Photo Showing Light as Both a Particle and a Wave

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One of the strange properties of light is that it behaves as both a wave and a particle. Experiments over the years have confirmed both aspects, but none have succeeded in directly observing both natures at exactly the same time… until now.

Scientists in Switzerland have successfully captured the world’s first photograph showing light behaving simultaneously as both a particle and as a wave. In the image above, the top “slice” shows light behaving as a wave, while the particles can be seen in the slice below.
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Multiple Camera Drones Were Lost for This Imagery of a Volcano’s Insides

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Explorer Sam Cossman recently employed the help of multiple drones to capture photos and footage of the Marum Crater in an active volcano on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. He ended up losing multiple drones in the process, but he left the island with spectacular images that will help provide a better understanding of the volcano and the life that exists around it.
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This Light Projection Technology Brings Static Photos to Life with Realistic Movements

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Light projectors have been used in recent years for crazy 3D projections on buildings and other large surfaces. A Japanese company is using a similar concept to bring static 2D photos to life.
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This New Flat Lens Captures Perfect Colors Without Chromatic Aberration

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A team of researchers at Harvard are trying to revolutionize the world of optical lenses. Instead of traditional curved lenses that suffer from various optical flaws, they are working on a completely flat and ultra-thin lens that overcomes age-old problems and pushes optical quality to the limits of the laws of nature.
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The Importance of Cameras in the Smartphone War

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When new smartphones are announced these days, the camera quality and specs are usually front and center. If you’re wondering why manufacturers focus so much on mobile photography, check out the chart above: taking photos is the most used feature of smartphones alongside text messaging.
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Video: The Value of Professional Photojournalism

Here’s a 9-minute mini-documentary by the NPPA titled “The Value of Professional Photojournalism.” It examines the current state of the photojournalism and the changing landscape of news imagery.

The video also offers a glimpse into the eye-tracking study that the NPPA commissioned and reported on recently. That research found that pro shots are more memorable than amateur ones, and that people could tell the difference in 90% of the cases.