rick rashid from the microsoft research group just came to speak to the group. this wasn’t the typical technology presentation you are used to and there really wasn’t any intention to have “open source” discussions around research ;-), but to show what microsoft does to invest in technology in an altruistic manner and publish work we are doing.
rick’s history comes from MOC among other things and if you are using a mac, you are using code he wrote 23 years ago as he says.
probably the coolest things that rick showed was the research they did in image rendering/editing/whatever. rick showed the groupshot feature which enables you to pick the best parts of various photos and stitch them together in a “best photo” for yourself.
the other image research he showed was stuff like literally taking any photo, highlighting things you don’t want in it and having it completely removed from the photo, but not leaving any voids and having original photos appear that nothing was missing — literally making it look like that person that walked by in the middle of your photo was never there…truly amazing.
he also showed technology by taking a 2D image and being able to move it around to appear to look at the image in 3D — with using the single image — not additional images…it was almost frightening.
but probably the coolest thing was a minority report-esque glass wall…remember the part in that movie where tom cruise moved images, etc. around with his hands jut by pointing at the glass screen? yeah, that’s in the microsoft museum now…friggin unreal. i snapped a vid of jack herrington playing with it here.
the important thing to note is that msft research is a basic research organization — which means academic. their stuff is amazing and rick has said they plan on trying to publish more to the open public…
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