Super Bowl 2009 Has 3D Commercials

This Sunday (Feb. 01, 2009) is a football fan’s celebration day. It is also a 3D TV fan’s big day. At the end of the second quarter, there will be three 3D commercials at NBC: an animated movie Monsters vs. Aliens by DreamWorks, SoBe LifeWater energy drinks and the special 3D episode of Chuck.  Are you ready for this new experience at home? Use above picture to make sure you can see the vivid effects with your 3D glasses. If now, you still have time to get a free pair of glasses from many local stores (KMart, BestBuy, etc).

The technology of 3D movie-making is called InTru™ 3D by Intel. An emerging technology, ColorCode 3D, is used to create a new way to view 3D in the home. 
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Content-Aware Image Resizing Goes to iPhone

Content-aware image resizing (also called content-aware image retargeting, content-aware image scaling) is to enlarge or reduce the size of an image with minimum distortion of salient or important areas of the image. This is a very useful image processing feature for professional photography, online publishing and handheld-device display. 

Adobe Photoshop CS4 has recently released with a new feature, content-aware scaling. A recent iPhone application, PicTricks, also provides a feature of content-aware image resize, Magic Resize
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Apple’s iPhoto vs. Google’s Picasa: Technology and Strategy

With the closure of Macworld’09, Apple unveiled enhanced iPhoto software with facial recognition. iPhoto allows to keep track of your photos by “who, where, and when” with facial recognition and Geo-tagging. It also allows to enhance/edit your photos and share them online or in print. 

Each piece of the software is not new, for example, Google Picasa released their facial recognition feature on early September of 2008. How could Apple’s iPhoto compete with Google’s Picasa, considering Picasa is totally free to end users? Steve Jobs again fully leverages his vision and Apple’s strengths in technology (Human-Computer Interaction – HCI and Computer Vision) and System Integration for business.
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Video Advertising: More Intelligent With Computer Vision Technology

Online video advertising combines a video and an advertising image/video

Nowadays almost all online ads are based on keywords extracted from text of a page, finding the most relevant ads and putting them up alongside the page, such as AdWords by Google. Can we have “Video AdWords” extracted directly from online videos?

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