Sony’s MotionPortrait Turns Photos Into 3D Animation

Sony’s MotionPortrait Turns Photos Into 3D Animation

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We don’t pretend to understand the Japanese, we usually just nod graciously and smile when they dazzle us with their consumer electronics and robots. But Sony’s MotionPortrait is different, SolidAlliance different. The technology creates 3D graphics from 2D stills of human faces.  (Video after the break)

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Will Video Games Come Alive In The Future?

Will Video Games Come Alive In The Future?

Avatars with emotions 

Anyone who’s played through a game like Microsoft’s Fable II (who can forget your virtual dog?), BioWare’s Mass Effect (with its robust roster of non-playable characters) or seen Sony’s upcoming Heavy Rain (whose developer, Quantic Dream, promises a new type of relationship between player and character) may have wondered to themselves whether gaming, which is still in its infancy as an art form, is heading towards its inevitable Citizen Kane threshold. More than the graphics or surround sound, the latest game consoles’ processing power are bringing to life AI-controlled characters unlike anything experienced before.

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Ford Fusion’s New Dashboard Helps Drivers Become More Fuel Efficient

 Ford Fusion’s New Dashboard Helps Drivers Become More Fuel Efficient

 

The Big Three promised to go green as part of their bailout deal. But Ford is starting in small ways, like with a new dashboard for their popular Fusion designed to encourage drivers to become more fuel-efficient by turning driving into a green game.

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Internet Socializing Helps Teens

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No More Worries Parents, The Internet Is Good For Teens

Good news for worried parents: All those hours their teenagers spend socializing on the internet are not a bad thing, according to a new study by the MacArthur Foundation.

“It may look as though kids are wasting a lot of time hanging out with new media, whether it’s on a social-networking site or sending instant messages,” said Mizuko Ito, lead researcher on the study, ‘Living and Learning With New Media’. “But their participation is giving them the technological skills and literacy they need to succeed in the contemporary world. They’re learning how to get along with others, how to manage a public identity, how to create a home page.”

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Smart Camera That May Someday Be A Robot’s Eye

Smart Camera That May Someday Be A Robot’s Eye 

 Matrox Iris GT Camera

Wondering what Montreal-based Matrox has been doing since it conceded the graphics card wars to NVIDIA and ATI a few years ago? Besides building lots of great video editing equipment, the company has been working on Iris GT, a smart camera that’s packed with processing power and might just be a body part of our future robot overlords.

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BioHAWT – Wind Turbine Designed To Heat Residential Homes

BioHAWT - Wind Turbine Designed To Heat Residential Homes

Featured Invention at the Colorado Inventor Showcase 

BioHAWT – A Biomimetic horizontal axis wind turbine designed for power generation for the public sector hybridized with an oxy-hydrogen furnace burn to heat residential homes.

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Trying On Clothes In A Virtual Mirror

Trying On Clothes In A Virtual Mirror

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could shop for clothes without constantly having to try them on in the fitting room? The vision could soon become a reality thanks to the “virtual mirror” presented by Fraunhofer researchers at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin from August 29 to September 3. This mirror-like display enables shoppers to see themselves wearing different items of clothing without having to undo a single button.

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