Technology

January 21, 2019

This Japanese Fashion Model Isn’t a Human, She’s Computer Generated

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by imma (@imma.gram) on Jan 10, 2019 at 1:21am PST Computer generated technology is rapidly improving, so much so that it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s animated. However, CGI isn’t just being used for special effects in films anymore—today the technology is also being applied to create incredibly realistic computer generated people.

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January 3, 2019

Cafe Pops Up in Tokyo with Robot Servers Operated by Paralyzed People

Over the last few years, several strides have been made in the realm of robotics. From smart planters to submersible drones, these innovations are designed to make life easier for their operators. This intention is particularly true at Dawn ver.β, a pop-up cafe staffed by automatons that offer agency to “those who have difficulty working.” Developed by Kentaro Yoshifuji—the CEO of Ory Laboratories—the OriHime-D is a server that relies on remote control.

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December 27, 2018

Virtual Museum Lets You View the Complete Works of Vermeer in Augmented Reality

Johannas Vermeer is one of art history’s most prolific painters. While his body of work comprises less than 40 pieces, his paintings can be found in a myriad of museums—both real and imaginary. In Meet Vermeer, a digital platform created by Google Arts & Culture and the Mauritshuis Museum, Vermeer’s entire body of work is “illuminated in the virtual space” and presented in augmented reality.

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November 20, 2018

Google’s New Night Sight Lets You Take Photos in Virtual Darkness

For most of us, our go-to camera is the one built into our smartphone. While technological improvements mean that these cameras can take stunning, near-professional quality photographs there’s one situation where they tend to underperform—low light. Now Google is changing that with Night Sight, a new functionality rolled out on the Pixel Camera app that allows for incredible low light photos without flash.

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