The Microsoft Research team, lead by Johannes Kopf, Richard Szeliski, Michael Cohen, and Richard Szeliski, has unveiled a new Windows app that will make shaky first-person videos a thing of the past. Technically speaking, here's how it works: "Our algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. We then optimize a novel camera path for the output video that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input. Next, we compute geometric proxies for each input frame. These allow us to render the frames from the novel viewpoints on the optimized path." Continue reading for the technical video explaining just how the stabilization is accomplished.
Sam Smith isn't your typical 12-year-old, as he spends most of his day making mobile games. Spacepants is the first release from his Boxface Games home studio, and boasts tough endless runner-style gameplay set in a single room, "which sees you avoiding lasers, space caterpillars, and other nasties for as long as you can while constantly moving." He's been making games for about a year now, mainly using GameMaker: Studio software, which doesn't require any prior programming or design experience. Even though Spacepants has only been out since May, he's already earned enough money to buy his younger brother a PlayStation 4. Continue reading to read what he has planned for the future.
Sure, you could head down to a beach and find an artist to draw your face, but how much cooler (or creepier) would it be if random strangers could do the same right from their smartphone? There's an iOS-exclusive app called French Girls that allow people to do just that - snap a selfie and have random strangers draw them. Here are some examples that are definitely more appealing than the originals.
Here's a first look at what the Windows 9 start menu will look like, courtesy of My Digital Life. Microsoft reported that the update would allow Modern apps to run within individual windows, and from the image above, you can see users will have the option to "minimize" the whole Modern experience. Continue reading for more.
According to Snapchat in May 2014, the app's users were sending 700 million photos and videos per day, while Snapchat Stories content was being viewed 500 million times per day. For those who don't know, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients, with a time limit for how long they can view their Snaps. Continue reading to see what happens when Snaps meets art history. Continue reading for more.
Snapchat turned down a $3-billion offer from Facebook earlier this year, so what did the social media giant do? Create their own of course. Introducing Slingshot. In addition to being a self destructing message service aimed at taking on Snapchat, users cannot see their friend's pictures until they send one back. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Apple officially unveiled iOS 8 today, and some of the new features include: interactive notifications, a keyboard that predicts what users will type, and a Snapchat-style self-destruct button for video and audio messages. That's not all, they also added HomeKit, an intuitive system that allows users to control home appliances and turn their iPhone into a remote control. In other words, you can use it to open doors, control lights and even carry out commands like 'get ready for bed' which could dim lights and lock all doors. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Apple's iOS 8 is just around the corner and while there are many fans are already dreaming up what they hope to see, this one decided to create a demo video showing off one the software update needs: iOS Block. Simply put, it "works by expanding your fingers on an existing app icon to get a Block with information like weather forecasts, calendar appointments, and music controls," says The Verge. Continue reading for the video and more information.
For many geeks, starting their day off with a hearty breakfast consisting of bacon, eggs, hashbrowns and toast is what sets them up for whatever grueling task(s) may lie ahead. However, eating this day in and day out may cause other health-related problems. Fortunately, there's a new Oscar Meyer iPhone app, and when paired with the accompanying device, users can wake up to the sounds and smell of sizzling bacon. Continue reading for the bizarre promo video and more information.
FaceRig is new software technology that lets users become actual game characters - from a cute red panda to a horned demon. In other words, it will allow users to adopt the appearance of an assortment of characters, which immediately mimic their expressions when chatting online. Continue reading for a video demonstration and more information.