This new camera feature, dubbed “Live Stickers,” allows users to produce multiple animated stickers of themselves or friends, and place them in “live” environments before sharing them with the world through social media platforms.
Is it useful? I’m not sure, but I’d welcome your thoughts. You can grab the app for iOS and take it for a spin.
Wow—check out this amazing fly-through from Oddviz:
Orphanages are dense and harmonious living spaces housing hundreds of children under same roof simultaneously. Abandoned Jewish Orphanage Building in Ortaköy (OHR-tah-keuy) Istanbul (also known as El Orfelinato) has been home for thousand lives during its century old history. It holds the memory of the past in worn stairs and layers of paint.
El Orfelinato means ‘The Orphanage’ in Spanish. The name has been used by Sephardi Jews (Jews from Spain) community in Istanbul for decades. Sephardi Jews have a 500 year history in Istanbul since they were forced to migrate with mass conversions and executions by Catholic Monarchs in Iberia in 15th century.
oddviz sheds light upon the visual and spatial memory of El Orfelinato, documenting it as it is with photogrammetry and presenting it in doll house view.
And if that’s up your alley, check out their similar Hotel:
Created by the team of artists and engineers at Within, Wonderscope combines the power of augmented reality, voice recognition, and spatial story design to immerse children in engaging, educational, and powerful narratives. Wonderscope: for story explorers.
The academic research they’ve shared, however, promises to go farther, enabling VR-friendly panoramas with parallax. The promise is basically “Take 30 seconds to shoot a series of images, then allow another 30 seconds for processing.” The first portion might well be automated, enabling the user to simply pan slowly across a scene.
This teaser vid shows how scenes are preserved in 3D, enabling post-capture effects like submerging them in water:
Will we see this ship in FB, and if so when? Your guess is as good as mine, but I find the progress exciting.
Prior to joining Google, my teammate Cristian Sminchisescu & his crew developed some neat techniques (see paper) for estimating two human bodies as 3D objects, then transferring clothing from one to another. Check it out:
Pretty cool stuff, though at the moment it seems to require using a pre-captured background:
When overlaying a digital costume onto a body using pose matching, several parts of the person’s cloth or skin remain visible due to differences in shape and proportions. In this paper, we present a practical solution to these artifacts which requires minimal costume parameterization work, and a straightforward inpainting approach.
Here’s a pretty darn clever idea for navigating among apps by treating your phone as a magic window into physical space.
You use the phone’s spatial awareness to ‘pin’ applications in a certain point in space, much like placing your notebook in one corner of your desk, and your calendar at another… You can create a literal landscape of apps that you can switch between by simply switching the location of your phone.