Photography: “Night Light”

Arthur Cauty has created an interesting “exercise in light painting and parallax displacement to create the illusion of 3D (or 2.5D) and motion in a series of still photographs captured after nightfall.”

This film is comprised entirely of still images. All motion achieved in post production. The only time lapse shots are the star trails. All other shots are typically comprised of between 3 and 5 exposures of the same subject, but with different lighting in each, then blended together or transitioned between to give the effect of seamless motion.

New AR effects debut in Google Duo

In the past I’ve mentioned augmented reality lipstick, eyeshadow, & entertainment effects running in YouTube. I’m pleased to say that fun effects are arriving in Google Duo as well:

In addition to bringing masks and effects to our new family mode, we’re bringing them to any one-on-one video calls on Android and iOS—starting this week with a Mother’s Day effect. We’re also rolling out more effects and masks that help you express yourself, from wearing heart glasses to transforming into a flower. 

Bringing back horrible sax solos with Google AI

Dynamite saxophone solos in rock n’ roll songs” kinda died, per 30 Rock, back in the 80’s, but thanks to my colleagues in machine learning (who are truly doing God’s work 🙃), perhaps they’ll soon be back:

I’m told that the model requires ~10-15 minutes of audio training data, and once it’s ready you can apply a transfer in around 2-3 seconds.

Perhaps now we’ll all be Jack Blacks (Jacks Black?) 🎷

[Via Sehmon Burnam]

Cut & paste your surroundings to Photoshop

This near-realtime segmentation, copy, and paste is wild:

Inside XR writes,

In a Twitter thread, Diagne said the secret is BASNet, an architecture for salient object detection with boundaries. (Paper here).

The delay is about 2.5 seconds to cut and 4 seconds to paste, though Diagne notes there are ways to speed that up.

The GitHub page for the project is available here.

Matterport brings 3D room-scanning & reconstruction to iPhone

Hmm—I look forward to taking this thing for a spin:

The developers write,

* Share your 3D virtual tour on social and messaging platforms with a Matterport-generated URL
* Sit back and relax, with automatic image processing, color correction, and face blurring
* Guide viewers around by highlighting features in your space with Mattertags and labels
* Add measurements to your 3D capture to accurately size the space