Sometimes, you just want to capture yourself with something in the background, but conventional photography techniques just won't allow it. Introducing Computational Zoom, "a framework that allows a photographer to manipulate several aspects of composition in post-processing from a stack of pictures captured at different distances from the scene. We further define a multi-perspective camera model that can generate compositions that are not physically attainable, thus extending the photographer's control over factors such as the relative size of objects at different depths and the sense of depth of the picture. We show several applications and results of the proposed computational zoom framework," according to UCSB researchers. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Adam Savage building an Excalibur Sword in just one day.
Microsoft Paint, previously known as Paintbrush, was bundled in the first version of Windows back in 1985 and went on to become one of the operating system's most popular programs. However, it's bittersweet, as Windows 10 does include Paint 3D, which is a separate application to the original Paint. Paint is "not in active development and might be removed in future releases," according to the autumn update. Continue reading for another speed painting video and more information.
Skin Motion is a mobile app and platform for playing back sound wave tattoos. How does it work? Well, you use an app or web-based platform to upload a recorded sound or video to the Skin Motion platform, and then the sound wave is created visually, enabling a tattoo artist to customize the design. Continue reading for two more videos and more information.
UC Berkley researchers, lead by Richard Zhang, have developed an innovative app that uses artificial intelligence to colorize black and white photos near instantly. It begins by automatically colorizing the image, and then offers "suggested colors" to let users manually fix any mistakes, while the computer analyzes the markers in real-time to create the final product. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Turkey's ingenious tow trucks in-action.
Camp Redblood and The Essential Revenge by Pat Hines was illustrated entirely in MS Paint, and not for the novelty. "I suck at Photoshop and other programs, and have worked exclusively in Microsoft Paint for over ten years...I honed my craft working long overnights at a hospital reception desk," said Hines. The book is basically about a summer camp set in the 1980s that is surrounded by ghosts and monsters and 'filled with goofy campers and counselors, where the teenagers are always trying to get drunk.' Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Socratic is an iOS app that many of us could have used in school, as it not only solves math problems, but just about every other subject as well, complete with detailed explanations. Its artificial intelligence combines cutting-edge computer vision technologies, which read questions from images, with machine learning classifiers built using millions of sample homework questions, to accurately predict which concepts will help you solve your question. Get it here now. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Adobe's "VoCo" is essentially Photoshop for audio, as it enables one to take an audio recording and instantly alter it to include words or phrases the original speaker never said, in what sounds like their voice. At a live demo in San Diego, Adobe took a digitzsed recording of Jordan Peele saying "and I kissed my dogs and my wife" and changed it to say "and I kissed Jordan three times". The edit took just seconds and only required the operator to type over a transcript of the speech and then press a button to create the altered voice track. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of workers in Japan patching up a 100-foot sinkhole in just 48-hours.
Moscow-based designer Misha Petrick envisions what Instagram would have looked like in Windows 95, or a Windows-based smartphone, over 20-years ago. As you can see, the 8-bit graphics, MS Sans Serif font, and the teal blue background, actually work, or so we'd like to think. Continue reading for more images showing off the interface.
Programmer Nick Lee, known for putting Windows 95 on an Apple Watch, unveils his latest project: a 3D-printed iPhone case that lets you run a fully-operational version of Android on an iPhone. First, he cloned the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to make a custom Android Marshmallow build to run on a board he purchased. He then 3D printed an iPhone-sized enclosure, and proceeded to install the board, battery, resistor, along with a boost converter to make the lightweight case you see above. That's not all, HDMI, USB ports, and an SD card slot was added to finish things off. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a crazy drone racing battle.
Microsoft's new Pre-Touch Sensing technology works exactly as you'd expect, as it uses a mobile phone's ability to sense how you are gripping the device, as well as when and where the fingers are approaching it, to adapt interfaces on the fly. In the tech demo, you'll see it used in both media and game applications. There's no word yet on when it will be implemented into future smartphones, but Minecraft would be a great start. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Star Wars Rogue One trailer in LEGO.