I know it’s a little OT for this blog, but as I’m always fascinated with clever little design solutions, I really enjoyed this detailed look at the iconic SR-71 Blackbird. I had no idea about things like it having a little periscope, or that its turn radius is so great that pivoting 180º at speed would necessitate covering the distance between Dayton, Ohio & and Chicago (!). Enjoy:
Things the internet loves:
Let’s do this:
Elsewhere, I told my son that I finally agree with his strong view that the live-action Lion King (which I haven’t seen) does look pretty effed up. 🙃
Nine years ago, Google spent a tremendous amount of money buying Nik Software, in part to get a mobile raw converter—which, as they were repeatedly told, didn’t actually exist. (“Still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest…”)
If all that hadn’t happened, I likely never would have gone there, and had the acquisition not been so ill-advised & ill-fitting, I probably wouldn’t have come back to Adobe. Ah, life’s rich pageant… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyway, back in 2021, take ‘er away, Ryan Dumlao:
Let’s say you dig AR but want to, y’know, actually create instead of just painting by numbers (just yielding whatever some filter maker deigns to provide). In that case, my friend, you’ll want to check out this guidance from animator/designer/musician/Renaissance man Dave Werner.
I had a ball schlepping all around Death Valley & freezing my butt off while working with Russell back in January, and this seminar sounds fun:
Oct 12, 2021; 7:00 – 8:30pm Eastern
Russell Preston Brown is the senior creative director at Adobe, as well as an Emmy Award-winning instructor. His ability to bring together the world of design and software development is a perfect match for Adobe products. In Russell’s 32 years of creative experience at Adobe, he has contributed to the evolution of Adobe Photoshop with feature enhancements, advanced scripts and development. He has helped the world’s leading photographers, publishers, art directors and artists to master the software tools that have made Adobe’s applications the standard by which all others are measured.
Tauntauns & wampas & Sno-Cats, oh my!
I’d never seen any of this footage & I really enjoyed it:
My colleagues Jingwan, Jimei, Zhixin, and Eli have devised new tech for re-posing bodies & applying virtual clothing:
Our work enables applications of posed-guided synthesis and virtual try-on. Thanks to spatial modulation, our result preserves the texture details of the source image better than prior work.
Check out some results (below), see the details of how it works, and stay tuned for more.
Hard to believe that it’s been almost seven years since my team shipped Halloweenify face painting at Google, and hard to believe how far things have come since then. For this Halloween you can use GANs to apply & animate all kinds of fun style transfers, like this:
I dunno, but it’s got me feeling kinda Zucked up…
They’re using using deepfakes for scripted micro-storytelling:
The new 10-episode Snap original series “The Me and You Show” taps into Snapchat’s Cameos — a feature that uses a kind of deepfake technology to insert someone’s face into a scene. Using Cameos, the show makes you the lead actor in comedy skits alongside one of your best friends by uploading a couple of selfies. […]
The Cameos feature is based on tech developed by AI Factory, a startup developing image and video recognition, analysis and processing technology that Snap acquired in 2019. […]
According to Snap, more than 44 million Snapchat users engage with Cameos on a weekly and more than 16 million share Cameos with their friends.
I dunno—to my eye the results look like a less charming version of the old JibJab templates that were hot 20 years ago, but I’m 30 years older than the Snapchat core demographic, so what do I know?