Hey gang—I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed getting away from the computer & spending time shivering with the fam out in gold country. 😌
Anyway, to ease back into posting, here’s a beautiful piece of work from creator Phil Letorneau:
Of the piece he writes, “100 stainless steel mirror-finish spheres suspended by nigh-invisible filament. Each sphere can be positioned independently to 0.05mm precision.” For more details check out this interesting Twitter thread:
What happens if you train an ML model from hundreds of thousands of 2D renders of 3D creature models? Glad you asked!
Today, we present Chimera Painter, a trained machine learning (ML) model that automatically creates a fully fleshed out rendering from a user-supplied creature outline. Employed as a demo application, Chimera Painter adds features and textures to a creature outline segmented with body part labels, such as “wings” or “claws”, when the user clicks the “transform” button.
Google and Lucasfilm have teamed up to bring iconic moments from the first season of “The Mandalorian” to life with “The Mandalorian” AR Experience (available on the Play Store for 5G Google Pixels and other select 5G Android phones) as fans follow the show’s second season.
The app uses ARCore’s new Depth API to enable occlusion for more realistic environmental interactions:
New content will keep rolling out in the app each week on Mando Mondays, so stay tuned—and Pixel owners should keep an eye out for additional exclusive content outside of the app as well.
I love learning about the visual language of filmmaking (e.g. 5 Classic Hollywood Aerial Shots), so I dig Steve Wright’s demonstrations of how to achieve cinematic results via a variety of cameras (including one’s phone) and gimbals:
Chrome now prioritizes your active tabs vs. everything that’s open—reducing CPU usage by up to 5x and extending battery life by up to 1.25 hours (based on our internal benchmarks).
You can pin tabs (for those go-to pages), send tabs to your other devices and even group tabs in Chrome. This month we’re adding tab search to the toolbox.
You’ll now be able to see a list of your open tabs—regardless of the window they’re in—then quickly type to find the one you need. It’s search … for your tabs! The feature is coming first to Chromebooks, then to other desktop platforms soon.
Search has rolled out on Chrome OS & is due to come to other platforms soon.
Lobe, the startup Microsoft acquired from UI star Mike Matas & co., offers a way to feed training data into an ML system via one’s browser. I have no idea how precise and/or general the applications could be, but regardless it makes for a fun & interesting demo.
Visit this page in your mobile browser, or just take a peek (below) at the project, brought to you by the Google Arts & Culture Lab:
Some context for folks like me, who didn’t grow up with a connection to Indian traditions:
Diwali is the Indian festival of lights, usually lasting five days and celebrated during the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”.
With AR on Google, you can meet eight life-sized Aussie animals up close and bring them into your backyard, living room, classroom—or take them on your adventures. Just search for koala, kangaroo, quokka, wombat, platypus, emu, kookaburra or echidna on your mobile browser (Android or iOS) or in the Google App and tap “View in 3D.”
I really enjoy Google’s super-cheeky internal discussion list, Terrible Ideas. Folks are celebrating one whale 🙄🤷🏻♂️ of a terrible idea, executed 50 years ago today. Behold, the exploding whale of Oregon:
TL;DR: High quality storage will no longer be unlimited, but this won’t happen for a while; free storage remains a generous 15GB (more than enough for most people); and 100GB of storage costs two bucks a month.
Beginning June 1, any new photo or video uploaded in High quality in Google Photos will count toward your free 15 GB storage quota or any additional storage you’ve purchased as a Google One member. To make this transition easier, we’ll exempt all High quality photos and videos you back up before June 1. This includes all of the High quality photos and videos you currently store with Google Photos. Most people who back up in High quality should have years before they need to take action—in fact, we estimate that 80 percent of you should have at least three years before you reach 15 GB. You can learn more about this change in our Google Photos post.
The electric wingsuit is equipped with a rig on the chest, which provides an output of 15kW. This delivery is then split among two 7.5kW carbon impellers that can spin at the speed of 25,000 RPM and produce a thrust for around five minutes.
I’m no connoisseur of the Grateful Dead or of NBA & sportscasting great Bill Walton, but having stumbled across this trippy hour-long doc the other night, I have to salute the good-hearted goofiness of both.
With so many of us being nervous wrecks from election-related stress, I thought you might enjoy this small thing of beauty from the land of my ancestors. And may God hold us all in the palm of His hand.