Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Google is Developing a Photo Recognition Program That Can Describe Exactly What’s in Your Photos

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Scientists at Google Research and Stanford University have teamed up to develop an artificial intelligence program designed to automatically produce captions based on the content of the image.

That’s right, not just tags, full on captions like “A person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road.” Read more…

Fancam Captures Massive 20 Gigapixel Group Photos of Fans at Large Events

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To celebrate the return of LeBron James yesterday, the Cleveland Cavaliers decided to do a massive group photo with all the fans in attendance. Today they released the 360-degree, 20-gigapixel photograph online for fans to find themselves in, tag, and share.

The giant group panorama — and many others like it — was captured by a company called Fancam, which specializes in shooting some of the largest group shots in history.
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A Look Into Google’s Impressive HDR+ Feature for Its Latest Nexus Phone Cameras

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Google’s Nexus 5 and 6 smartphones have a new Camera app feature called HDR+. This mode uses fancy computational photography tricks to help you capture better photos in situations with uneven lighting or low amounts of light.

In a post published to the Google Research blog this past week, researchers behind the new feature offer a peek at the inner workings.
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Nikon Patent Shows a Vibrating DSLR Shutter Button That Helps You Track Moving Subjects

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Cameras have many different methods of guiding photographers toward capturing quality shots, but physical feedback isn’t really one of them… yet. In addition to providing useful visual and auditory information, DSLRs in the future might actually guide photographers through their sense of touch.

A recently published Nikon patent shows a DSLR that helps photographers capture moving objects without having to look through their viewfinder. Instead, the camera uses vibrations to guide the shooter.
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Flickr Responds to XKCD Challenge with Site that Tells You if Your Picture Has a Park or Bird in It

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It might not be the most useful website ever designed, but Flickr’s new Park or Bird microsite serves a purpose: namely, it’s the Flickr Vision team’s response to a challenge by the popular webcomic XKCD. Read more…

Sony Just Announced the World’s Highest Sensitivity CMOS Sensor, But It’s for Your Car

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Sony today announced the new IMX224MQV 1/3-inch 1.27MP CMOS sensor, which is said to have the world’s highest level of sensitivity for any sensor in its class. But before you get excited about that night vision point-and-shoot you’ve been wanting, you should know something: it was designed specifically for use in automobile cameras.

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Adobe Shows Off Features for Changing Time of Day Lighting and Removing Fog

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At the Adobe MAX 2014 conference this past week, Adobe showed off some of the crazy technology current brewing in the company’s labs. Two of them offer a glimpse at what may soon be available to photographers in Photoshop: changing the time of day (i.e. lighting) in photographs with a simple slider and removing haze from a scene automatically.
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Video: Nikon Strips Away the Outer Shell and Shows You the Tech Inside Its Nikkor Lenses

Ever wonder how the tech packed inside of your new Nikon lens actually works? How does Vibration Reduction provide 4.5 stops of stabilization? And what about the silent motors, how do those work?

In a video released earlier today, Nikon Asia decided to peel away the outer shell of its glass and show you, revealing the technology that makes a Nikkor Lens a Nikkor.

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It’s Official: A.I.s are Now Re-Writing History

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The other day I created a Google+ album of photos from our holiday in France. Google’s AutoAwesome algorithms applied some nice Instagram-like filters to some of them, and sent me emails to let me have a look at the results. But there was one AutoAwesome that I found peculiar. It was this one, labeled with the word “Smile!” in the corner, surrounded by little sparkle symbols.

It’s a nice picture, a sweet moment with my wife, taken by my father-in-law, in a Normandy bistro. There’s only one problem with it. This moment never happened. Read more…

New Imaging System Promises 12-Times More Color Sensitivity than a Traditional Sensor

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What’s the use of an image sensor that’s 12 times more color sensitive than the human eye? We’re not entirely sure, but thanks to a team of researchers at Universities of Granada, Spain and Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy you may someday get to try it out and find out for yourself.

Researchers at those two universities are using “Transverse Field Detector” technology to distinguish 36 individual color channels without any need for a filter, making it 12-times more color sensitive than standard Red/Green/Blue sensors and the human eye both. Read more…