Category Archives: Augmented reality

Abelardo Morell

The Camera of the Future = No Camera

For thousands of years humans have engaged in making visual records of the world around them. From the earliest Ice Age animal cave paintings to birthday photos of our children, a common value seems to be expressing itself through our ever evolving technologies and skills that create “visual likeness.” Charcoal, ink, dye, pigments — these were the earliest materials. But it was the technological innovation of the camera and light-sensitive materials over 170 years ago that truly changed the game and the trajectory. Consumer digital imaging sensors are…

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VR : The story so far

Everyone agrees that VR is the next big opportunity in the consumer tech industry. Goldman Sachs estimates the market to yield $60 billion by 2025, with almost a 50/50 split between hardware and software.  It is currently a giant land grab, where companies are positioning themselves, launching headsets, cameras, platforms and content. But, as much as the excitement is real, it is still all about the potential rather than the reality. Before the VR year kicks in at full gear, we thought we would stop and…

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LDV Vision Summit : Computational Photography and video

As a refresher for those who did make it and a discovery for those who couldn’t, we will be publishing a series of transcripts from last year’s LDV Vision Summit.  First on our list is this conversation around computational photography and video from some of the top experts in the field: Moderator: Evan Nisselson, LDV Capital Panelists: Michael Cohen, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research *,  Paul Green, CTO & Co-Founder, Algolux and Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab Evan Nisselson: I’d like to invite up our panelists—Michael…

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The next big thing : Interactive VR

Considering the anticipation, VR has a lot to live up to. And with companies like Samsung or Facebook leading the charge, it is poised to enter people’s lives with big fracas. But, however cool the technology appears to be, it has yet to convince that it can take a predominate space outside of the gaming word. One major issue is the lack of interaction: beyond scrolling around in space, left right, up and down, users are left being  passive viewers of what can often be…

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10 questions for a founder : Photonomie

Between VR lurking around the corner and users eager to enhance their visual experience beyond the flat 2 D photo lies a vast landscape of opportunities. One that Paris- based company Photonomie is jumping to occupy with the introduction of its real-time photo stitching app. Far beyond the horizontal panorama but without the need of wearing VR goggles, Photonomie offers anyone with a smartphone the possibility to create and enjoy a full 360 immersive experience right on their mobile. No connections needed. We caught up…

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Understanding Images

Our relationship with the camera, the lens and the image is evolving. The static stance of capturing a moment in a photograph is still there, but this is rapidly changing. With the help of new emerging technologies, photography is becoming ubiquitous and pervasive. The advent of machine vision, deep learning, semantic search, augmented reality and virtual reality among other exponential technologies will inspire us to discover, create and experience more great imagery than ever before in human history. Intelligent algorithms will inspire and teach us to…

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Facebook and visual content : Whatever the format

In our weekly newsletter, we looked at how Apple is ingeniously using Facebook to help launch and support their new visual format called Live Photos.  However, there is a bigger picture appearing here, one that is surreptitiously putting the social media giant at the center of the online visual experience, whether familiar or new. There is a very valid reason why Facebook wants to remain the primary location for visual media: After all, it owes its  original success, and its continued attention, almost entirely thanks to photos. Mark…

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LDV Vision Summit : The videos

For those who couldn’t make it, LDV has just posted videos of the panels held at its latest Vision Summit, in New York this past month of May.  Since the summit lasted 2 days this year, with over 80 international expert speakers, 40 sessions, and 2 competitions, there is a lot to view. Curating a must-see list is a challenging task since it greatly depends on the specific interest of the viewers but  here are a few tips:  Since Day 1 was focused on the…

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10 questions to a founder : Catchoom

In between the real world and the digital world is Catchoom.  The 3-year-old Spanish company, born from the creative mind of Augmented Reality pioneer David Marimon, offers developers the tools to automatically link what users see to, among other things,  products they can buy online. Using advanced Image recognition and Augmented Reality, it automatically answers the question:” what I am looking at? ” with virtual answers. Since Sandler Research recently forecasted the Global Mobile AR market to grow at a CAGR of 96.52 % over…

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