Category: Visual Entertainment

Camera-Assisted Digital Painting with Virtual Brushes


These two pictures were taken on the roadside of the Strip Street in Las Vegas from my recent trip. The first picture was painted with less than 10 minutes by the artist in the second picture. Very impressive! 

Could computer vision technology be used for creating digital arts? 

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Pictures about Bush You Haven’t Seen in Public

Celebrity such as George W. Bush always shows smiling face and confident spirit to the public. Are you curious about what he looks like when he is angry or frustrated, or his mask when he attends friends’ Halloween parties?

Here is a collection of Bush’s faces you have no chance to see in public, with different facial expressions, facial makeovers, tattoos, funny expressions, and change of ethnicity, age, attractiveness and even gender. 
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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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Virtual Makeover: Try Makeups Online Using Your Photos Before Purchase

Taaz.com is virtual makeover website for women, using the state-of-the-art computer vision (facial recognition) and graphics (image based rendering) technology.

You can upload your picture online, and sample hundreds of the most popular hairstyles (e.g., used by celebrities) and makeups, to see the makeover results instantly. Using the designed online makeup tool, you can easily select the brand (e.g., Chanel, Clinique, etc.), and color of the makeups for your face (foundation, concealer, brush), eyes (shadow, linear, lashes, and contacts), lips (lipstick, liner, gloss) and hair styles (bangs, bob, curly, etc.)

   

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Adobe and Microsoft Competing on Next Generation Home Video Editing

Video editing for special visual effects will no longer be the privileges of video professionals. Recently, Adobe Research and Microsoft Research released their own advanced video editing features. Computer vision technologies have been extensively exploited in the two works. 

As more and more people have digital camcorders at home, easy-to-use “Videoshop” is expected to become a useful tool, as people rely on Adobe Photoshop for editing photos nowadays. Home video editing software has a huge potential market that Adobe and Microsoft are targeting.

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Embed Visual Ads into Videos

ZuraVision is a website on embedding pictures or videos into a video using the computer vision technology developed by Stanford students. 

One immediate application of ZuraVision is to embed visual advertisements into the video. As Google AdSense do for text advertisement, ZuraVision may bring you new opportunities to monetize your video (e.g., on YouTube) in the near future.

The image on the left was cropped from a video embedded with our “VisionWang” logo, giving a realistic perspective.  

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Holiday Season Gift Ideas (1): 3D Greeting Cards

It is holiday season. Have you got a good idea to send a surprise gift to your love or your friends? Have you thought about computer vision and graphics technologies could help?

Snapily recently came up with a brilliant idea for your holiday gifts by using computer vision and graphics technologies. Users can upload your pictures, choose one of the special effects (3D, Morph or Flip) and have moderate user interaction, a customized card will be ready for you. Here is an overview of this technology.

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