Wherever you are & whatever you may celebrate, I hope you and yours are well this Christmas. I’ve been amusing the fam by dialing up some old Chieftains Christmas tracks (which transport me back to my relatives’ cozy homes in Chicago growing up), including this absolute banger. 😌 Enjoy.
Although we can’t travel far this holiday season (bye bye, Mendocino! see you… someday?), we are, in the words of Tony Stark, “bringing the party to you” via our decked-out VW Westy (pics). I’m having fun experimenting with my new Insta360 One X2, mounting it on a selfie stick & playing with timelapse mode. Here’s a taste of the psychedelic stylings, courtesy of The Weeknd…
Apropos of nothing, check out 60 lovingly rendered seconds commissioned by YouTube:
Maciej Kuciara writes,
MECHA – the love letter to our youth. Watching anime classics as kids left a mark that stayed with us to this day. So we felt it’s due to time to celebrate our love to mecha and pay proper homage with this piece we did for YouTube.
During the course of 400 hours, Mitsui snapped together 50,000 cobalt and white LEGO into an undulating wave that mimics the original woodblock print.
To recreate this iconic work in three-dimensions, Mitsui studied videos of waves crashing and pored over academic papers on the topic. He then sketched a detailed model before assembling the textured water, three boats, and Mount Fuji that span more than five feet.
I’m delighted to be closing out 2020 on a pair of high notes, welcoming the arrival of my two biggest efforts from the last year+.
First, Google Search now supports 150+ new cars that you can view in 3D and AR (via iPhone or Android device), including in beautiful cloud-rendered quality (provided you have a good connection & up-to-date Android). As we initially previewed in October:
Bring the showroom to you with AR
You can easily check out what the car looks like in different colors, zoom in to see intricate details like buttons on the dashboard, view it against beautiful backdrops and even see it in your driveway. We’re experimenting with this feature in the U.S. and working with top auto brands, such as Volvo and Porsche, to bring these experiences to you soon.
Now, when you search for a lipstick or eyeshadow product, like L’Oreal’s Infallible Paints Metallic Eyeshadow, you can see what it looks like on a range of skin tones and compare shades and textures to help you find the right products.
To help you find the perfect match, you can now also virtually try makeup products right from the Google app.
Google researchers Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman, Brian Curless, and Steve Seitz have been working with University of Washington folks on tech that promises “30fps in 4K resolution, and 60fps for HD on a modern GPU.”
Our technique is based on background matting, where an additional frame of the background is captured and used in recovering the alpha matte and the foreground layer.