Monthly Archives: October 2019

“How Art Inspired the Google Pixel 4 Camera”

“The only problem with Microsoft,” Steve Jobs famously said, “is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste.” But critically:

And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.

Here’s Marc Levoy providing a nice counterpoint, talking about art history & its relationship with modern computational photography:

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Pixel 4: Check out amazing astrophotography, super zoom, and more

“The Camera Professor” (as Reddit called him) Marc Levoy gave a great overview today of his team’s work in computational photography, after which Annie Leibovitz came to the stage to discuss her craft & Pixel 4. “My IQ went up by at least 10 by the time he was done,” per the same thread. 😌 Enjoy!

(Starts around 47:12, just in case the deep link above doesn’t take you there directly)

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Become Maleficent with some YouTube AR

Check out this video on your compatible iPhone or Android device to don the horns & makeup of this shady lady, powered by the augmented reality tech my team has been building.

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Behind the Terminator scenes with Adobe

I’m so proud of Margot “Hollywood” Nack 😝🤘 and her team for helping make this happen! 🤖🔥 And if you’re a fellow Old, you might join me in marveling at Premiere Pro’s long journey from 90’-s has-been to industrial-strength collaborative platform.

Get an inside look from Director Tim Miller and the creators of Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate as they take you behind the scenes into their workflow & production for editing and creating visual effects using Premiere Pro, After Effects, and other tools inside the Adobe Creative Cloud suite.

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Sky flash: Kitty Hawk’s electric VTOL aircraft

“When—not if—I die in a fiery crash on Highway 101,” I’ve long told people, “you’ll remember that I called it that I’d be rubbernecking at some awesome aircraft buzzing overhead.” I’ve always figured it’d be a Blue Angel or An-124 or something, but now I can imagine it being Uncle Larry (who helps fund electric-plane startup Kitty Hawk), softly zipping by in one of these chariots of future:

Sign me up for the last bit in particular:

Project Heaviside is Kitty Hawk’s latest high-performance electric VTOL vehicle. It is designed to be fast, small and exceedingly quiet, taking advantage of new possibilities to free people from traffic.

The Heaviside vehicle is roughly 100 times quieter than a regular helicopter. Once in the air, the vehicle blends into the background noise of a city or suburb, barely discernible to the human ear. Heaviside can travel from San Jose to San Francisco in 15 minutes and uses less than half the energy of a car.

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