I’ll always owe Russell Brown a great debt for bending the arc of my career, and I’m so happy to see him staying crazy after all these (35+!!) years at Adobe. In the entertaining video below, he squeezes great images out of phones & tablets while squeezing himself through the slot canyons of the Southwest—and not going all “127 Hours” in the process!
Prepare for retinal blast-off (and be careful if you’re sensitive to flashing lights).
What happens when everything in the world has been photographed? From multiple angles, multiple times per day? Eventually we’ll piece those photos and videos together to be able to see the entire history of a location from every possible angle.
“I sifted through probably ~100,000 photos on Instagram using location tags and hashtags, then sorted, and then hand-animated in After Effects to create a crowdsourced hyperlapse video of New York City,” Morrison tells PetaPixel. “I think the whole project took roughly 200 hours to create!”
Looks like a simple but perhaps compelling use of ML & AR:
Zenia encompasses the best of computer vision and machine learning. She uses motion tracking and the data from thousands of yoga lessons to analyze my movements. During the practice, Zenia provides gentle feedback and also takes care of basic safety rules.
“Every app expands until it includes chat…” 🙃
Be that as it may, I’m happy to see Google Photos making it easier to share & converse directly with small groups:
Now when you share one-off photos and videos, you’ll have the option to add them to an ongoing, private conversation in the app. This gives you one place to find the moments you’ve shared with your friends and family…
You can like photos or comment in the conversation, and you can easily save these photos or videos to your own gallery. This feature isn’t designed to replace the chat apps you already use, but we do hope it improves sharing memories with your friends and family in Google Photos. This is gradually rolling out over the next week.
Bonus smart-ass response o’ the day:
Sometimes Google goes two or three months without launching a new messaging app and I get worried. So this news comes as a great relief https://t.co/QFz5Q7iye3
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) December 3, 2019
Opera Queensland & Google’s Creative Lab have teamed up to offer an AR Mozart (er, MozARt? 🙃) experience.
[T]he prototype app uses Google’s augmented reality platform ARCore to present photoreal renderings of performers against the backdrop of users’ living spaces.
I’m excited at the prospects for volumetric capture of artists in action. What a world.
- You now have more control over album sorting on iOS & Android: “The default method is ‘Most recent photo,’ but you can now group by ‘Last modified’ or ‘Album title.’”
- Manual face tagging lets you identify people missed by the algorithm.
- Bonus: Starting now in Ireland & worldwide next year, Facebook will enable automatic Facebook->Photos import.
[Via John Lin & others]
Hey gang—I’m working my way out of the traditional tryptophan-induced haze enough to wish you a slightly belated Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you were able to grab a restful few days. Amidst bleak (for Cali) weather I was able to grab a few fun tiny planet shots (see below) and learn about how to attach a 360º cam to a drone (something I’ve not yet been brave/foolhardy enough to try):
I’m delighted to see new ways to pair one’s own images with views of our planet:
With creation tools in Google Earth, you can draw your own placemarks, lines and shapes, then attach your own custom text, images, and videos to these locations. You can organize your story into a narrative and collaborate with others. And when you’ve finished your story, you can share it with others. By clicking the new “Present” button, your audience will be able to fly from place to place in your custom-made Google Earth narrative.
Take a look at how students & others are using it:
Here’s a 60-second-ish tour of the actual creation process:
— Google Earth (@googleearth) November 20, 2019