iPhone Captures 4MP Images

As we all know, iPhone camera is a 2 megapixel camera. How could it capture 4 megapixel images? A recent iPhone application, ClearCam, can help you. ClearCam provides iPhone the enhanced capturing mode, by taking 6 photos sequentially in a very short time (2.5 seconds). It then creates a sharper, 4 megapixel image with less noise by combining these 6 photos. 

The technique used here is called multi-frame image super-resolution in computer vision. The idea is to increase the resolution of a captured image by fusing information from multiple images or a short video.   
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Digg Uses Idee’s TinEye for Image Duplicate Checking

We introduced a great product of idee, TinEye, as one of the best visual search engines in a previous postDigg is a popular Web 2.0 application, where people can discover and upload content from anywhere on the web. These days I find Digg.com has partnered with idee’s TineEye for image duplicate checking, as shown in the following screen capture. 

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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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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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Real-Time Panorama Shooting Using Cell Phone Camera

Take a short video clip by panning your cell phone camera through a scene, the embedded algorithm wil automatically generate a panoramic picture for you instantly. This is a new cell phone photography feature in Sharp cell phones (e.g. SH9020C model).

This feature is called “VIVID Panorama” co-developed by Acrodea, Inc. and Morpho, Inc., Japan. In contrast to previous panoramic functions, such as iPhone applications, PanaLab and TripStitch, which stitch multiple still images into a panoramic photo, VIVID Panorama directly uses captured video clip to generate a panoramic picture, making it easy-to-use. It is fully automated and in real time.  

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More iPhone Apps Using Computer Vision and Image Processing Technology

Since our previous post, Mobile Vision: iPhone Apps Employ Computer Vision and Image Processing Techs, more iPhone applications using computer vision and image processing technology have come out. Here we review two more apps.

  1. SnapTell: Tell the price, store, or online website of a CD/DVD/Book/Video Game with a photographed cover image. This is an image retrieval/recognition problem.
  2. CubeCheater: Solve your puzzle cube with six pictures taken for each face of the cube. It uses image segmentation and blob detection technology.

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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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