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Photo-Realistic Unreal Engine

Swedish digital artist Rense de Boer used photogrammetry to create a photo-realistic 4K virtual world using Unreal Engine 4, the same one Capcom built Street Fighter V with. The photogrammetry technique involves taking a a multitude of real things / places, scanning the photos, combining them and then turning it all into a 3D landscape. The final touches, smoothing, weather effects, etc., are completed in post production by artists. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to turn an iPhone into a functional microscope.

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Virtual Desktop Oculus

We have seen the future of Windows, and it's in virtual reality. Introducing Virtual Desktop, a free app that transforms the entire Windows operating system into a VR-capable platform. In addition to surfing the web, you can also use it for games (Minecraft, Street Fighter V, etc.), Facebook, or even Photoshop. When launched, users are greeted with a curved, floating Windows desktop - wallpaper, icons, Start button and all. Continue reading for a tech demo and more information.

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FaceDirector

Disney's FaceDirector technology enables you to manipulate actors' emotions in real time. This is made possible because it takes two shots, with actors performing different ways in each shot, and then continuously blending them together into one image. " In contrast to most previous works, our approach operates entirely in image space, avoiding the need of 3D facial reconstruction. We demonstrate that our method can synthesize visually believable performances with applications in emotion transition, performance correction, and timing control," said Disney Research. Continue reading for more cool pictures from around the web.

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Bill Gates Windows 1.0

Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985, as the first version of the Microsoft Windows line. This operating system runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation, to provide an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, in addition to existing MS-DOS software. Company founder Bill Gates spearheaded development after seeing a demo of a similar software suite known as Visi On at COMDEX. Continue reading for more interesting historical photos.

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Star Citizen

Procedural generation is basically a method of creating data algorithmically as opposed to manually, commonly used for creating textures. The game "Star Citizen" uses this method to create worlds in real-time, automatically generating large planets, with seamless transitions between space and surfaces. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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Internet Photos to 3D

University of Washington researchers have developed mind-blowing software technology that uses gathers thousands of internet photos of landmarks and then transforms them into 3D time-lapse scenes. "While previous work assumed a static camera, the addition of camera motion during the time-lapse creates a very compelling impression of parallax. Our results show photorealistic time-lapses of skylines and natural scenes over many years, with dramatic parallax effects," said the team. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Face Morphing Transforming Software

Researchers at Washington University have developed software that can reconstruct 3D simulations of that person's likeness, using algorithms designed to maintain their unique facial expression. These specialized algorithms map 49 points on a person's face, and then chart how they change depending on various emotions. The result is showcased in the video above, in which the team was able create digital models of several well known celebrities. Continue reading for another tech demo and more information.

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Funny Windows BSOD Blue Screen of Death

For those who have been Mac or Linux users all their lives, the Blue Screen of Death (also known as BSoD) is basically an error screen displayed on a Windows computer system after a fatal system error, also known as a system crash: when the operating system reaches a condition where it can no longer operate safely. BSoDs have been present in Windows NT 3.1 (the first version of the Windows NT family, released in 1993) and all Windows operating systems released afterwards. They can be caused by poorly written device drivers or malfunctioning hardware, such as faulty memory, power supply issues, overheating of components, or hardware running beyond its specification limits. One place you shouldn't see this error is at a concert, but with computers powering everything these days, it's not too out of the ordinary for something like this to happen. Continue reading for more.

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Amazon CloudDrive

Amazon Cloud Drive ensures you have access to all your files anywhere, at any time, all for just $5 per year. When files or photos are uploaded to Cloud Drive, users are saving a backup copy in Amazon's secure servers, with absolutely no limit to how much you can upload. For photographers, the Cloud Drive never changes or reduces the resolution of your images, unlike other similar paid services. Get it here now. Continue reading to see someone uploading 3-Terabytes of data onto the service.

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Architecture of Radio

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Architecture of Radio is probably one of the coolest apps we've come across in recent time, as it provides a 360° visualization of the digital world all around us, using your GPS location to give visual life to the signals around you. Created by software developer Richard Vijgen, it essentially plots the massive network of signals, both wired and wireless, using data collected from 7-million cell towers, 19-million Wi-Fi routers, and hundreds of satellites. "The purpose of this app is to make the invisible visible so we can look at it, think about it and discuss it," said Vijgen. Get it here now. Continue reading for another video of the incredible app in-action.

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