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The battle of the photo format

Hidden deep inside Apple’s WWDC 17 was an announcement that made little waves but that might have great repercussion: In their OS11 release, the Cupertino company plans to store images using their new HEIF format rather the almighty JPEG. The reason? HEIF compression takes half the space of the JPEG compression, suddenly doubling storage for photos. What is HEIF? HEIF is short for High-Efficiency Image Format. It was created by MPEG, the committee in charge of all standard video compression formats ( MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, HEVC/H.265).  An HEIF file…

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2017 LDV Vision Summit : A world of foresight

When electricity was finally mastered at the turn of the XX century, it triggered a whole new range of new products and industries while improving existing ones. From light bulbs to fans, fridges, air conditioning, factory tools little that we interact with today is not affected by electricity.  Today, computer vision is having the same effect. Now that it has reached a certain level of maturity, both in performance and availability, computer vision is opening a huge array of new opportunities and new businesses in…

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LDV Vision Summit 17 : 10 questions to a visual search expert at Pinterest

[It’s Spring and the LDV Vision Summit is coming back. Like every year since its inception, we are proud to feature some of the prestigious speakers and judges who will take the stage during the two-day event. Here is the first of the series] With appetite for visual content showing no signs of taming down and users wanting to do more than just look at pictures, platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat,  and others have been in a close race to outbid each other with new…

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10 Questions for a founder : WordsEye

Most people are familiar with Artificial Intelligence capable of understanding images or videos and describing its content. But what about the opposite: asking the same machine to generate visual content based on a textual description? This is exactly what WordsEye solves.  While the current 3D rendering might appear simplistic,  this could very well be a first glimpse into the future of photography and video.  Creators will no longer need to travel to capture a scene but rather just imagine it and have computers create it.…

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The five most interesting product launches at Mobile World Congress (Barcelona) and Business Forum Imaging (Cologne)

Nostalgia, minimalistic product design, and a new approach for connecting DSLRs to the cloud Mobile World Congress Nokia 3310 – As discussed previously, today’s infatuation with instant printing reflects consumers’ desires – not just for instant and more personal ways to share their photos, but also for nostalgic retro products. At Mobile World Congress, Nokia (actually HMD Global, the company licensing the Nokia brand) announced the Nokia 3310, a modern variation of the iconic Nokia feature phone. Light – While the Nokia announcement got all the attention, a startup called Light (not to be…

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You Are Brilliant and You Want More Exposure

Every second of every day, people around the world are publishing research papers and launching new startups that leverage computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Researchers and professors want their work to be noticed in the midst of a flood of new work. Entrepreneurs want to build valuable businesses, get covered in Techcrunch, Wired, Wall Street Journal, want to raise financing and want happy customers. We want to help you! We have been organizing the premier annual visual technology summit since 2014 called the…

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Snap is a camera company

At a time of uncertain public statements, caught between fake news and alternative fact, Snap can certainly be called a camera company. But days before it’s very publicized IPO- the first for a photo app – the truth about Snapchat, along with it’s previously hidden operating cogs, reveals much more. Snap is a camera company states the official public offering, which just happens to have built its success on everything else but a camera. If Snap is indeed a camera company, it is indeed a very bad…

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5 trends to look for in 2017

With the new year comes the predictions. However, this year, instead of trying to predict what will happen, we prefer to take aim at what we see will be the top major trends in the visual space. We limited ourselves at five in an effort to be succinct and we picked those that will affect people more broadly.  In no particular order, here they are: Images as a source of comprehension We can now comfortably have computers tell us what is depicted in photos or videos. From…

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Is Amazon serious about visual recognition ?

Amazon is the latest big company to throw itself into the visual content recognition market.  Armed with the late 2015 acquisition of Orbeus, makers of ReKognition and Photo Time, it just launched its own APi service, also called ReKognition. After giants like Google, IBM, Microsoft, and smaller companies like Imagga or Clarifai, it is the latest, and maybe most formidable, offering in this space At first glance, nothing really new here, if compared to other similar services. In fact, it seems that Amazon is done little…

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10 Questions to a GM : Picscout Insights for Business

We live in a world dominated by visual content. Yet, we have little to no knowledge on what and how that content works.  We publish, share and consume thousands of images a day, yet we have no idea why a particular image has so much engagement and the other, none. That is about to change. Mixing analytics with A.I., Israeli-based company Picscout is breaking the chains of ignorance and promises to inject science where instinct previously ruled. With Insight for Business ( and it’s consumer version…

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