Wow–now this I haven’t seen before: Israeli brainiacs Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir have created a pretty darn interesting video that demonstrates their technique of "Seam Carving for Content-Aware Image Resizing." When scaling an image horizontally or vertically (e.g. making a panorama narrower), the technology looks for paths of pixels that can be removed while causing the least visual disruption. Just as interesting, if not more so, I think, is the way the technology can add pixels when increasing image dimensions. Seriously, just check out the video; I think you’ll be blown away. (More info is in a 20MB PDF, in which they cite work by Adobe’s Aseem Agarwala–the creator of Photoshop CS3’s Auto-Blend Layer code.) [Via Geoff Stearns]
I hope to share more good stuff from SIGGRAPH soon. While I was being stuffed with ham sandwiches by kindly Irish folks, a number of Adobe engineers were speaking at & exploring the show. Todor Georgiev, one of the key minds behind the Healing Brush, has been busily gluing together his own cutting edge optical systems. More on that soon.