Category Archives: Facial recognition


2 research that will change photography forever

A couple of research papers were recently published, both touching on advancement in computer vision and machine learning. While research papers are a common occurrence in this field, these two are worth reviewing a bit deeper, as their implication will have a wide impact once they mature. The first is a research organized by Nvidia for presentation at the upcoming International Conference on Learning Representation to be held in Vancouver this coming April. The purpose is to build a more efficient GAN  by growing both the generator and discriminator progressively.…

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Ubiquitous photography

One of the most important announcement during Google latest release event has mainly passed under the radar or simply dismissed as a gadget. The Pixel Clip camera is a small device that can be attached anywhere and, using a simple A.I.,  continuously takes photos when it recognizes familiar faces. Perfect for busy parents who like to record everything but do not want to break the moment by picking up their phones to take a picture. But, beyond the convenience, Google just might have open the door to a new type of…

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Seeking ethics in visual tech

The Trolley Problem is a famous ethic thought-experiment.  Here how it goes: There is a Trolley barreling down the railroad tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person on the side track. You have two…

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The iPhone X deep-dive – Why this phone will disrupt the mobile imaging ecosystem

Key takeaways: Apple has launched the iPhone X as a showcase for the direction in which the mobile and imaging industries could be heading; The iPhone X’s high price will limit its audience, but its features will trickle down in the coming years. At the same time, the developer ecosystem gets a head start on building new apps for consumers to create enticing content, which is often the bottleneck for the adoption of new technologies; The 3D revolution is now in full-swing; many of the…

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By 2022, there will be 45 Billion Cameras

It might have all started when Snapchat rebranded itself “A camera company”. Or even long before, in 2002, when Nokia decided to put a camera on their cell phones.  Whenever it happened, it is still really only the beginning… “It” is the moment the camera became forever separated from its original format, a lens on a movable box, and its original intent, recording personal memories. The shift was triggered when film became digital and thus transforming images into data files. Not only could images be easily and…

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Photo storage 4.0 – it’s deduplication, stupid!

In the first part of this two installment piece, we reported on the following findings from our latest survey among 458 North American smartphone photographers: The median number of photos that consumers believe they take per month is remarkably similar to what it was 1.5 years ago – it is neither plummeting nor ballooning. Smartphone photography has matured. Even with ephemeral visual communication rapidly gaining popularity, most respondents still believe that most of their photos are long life photos (“keepers”) Most consumers hoard their photos on their…

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Cloud or On-Premise visual A.I. : Which should you pick ?

Today, all of the visual recognition APIs are connected to the cloud making them not only extremely easy to deploy but highly scalable. However, not all data is equal and in some instances, this might not be the best route to take. Consider, for example, some of the intrinsic security issues of a cloud as listed by the CSA (Cloud Security Alliance): Data breaches, compromised credentials, account hijacking, malicious insiders, loss or theft of intellectual property, compliance violations or regulatory actions. While Google Cloud, Amazon…

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WWDC takeaways: lots of great news for photo app developers, but one major puzzler

The photo app developers I spoke with are overwhelmingly excited about a range of WWDC announcements, even though one of these dumbfounded several developers. We’ll get into that one later; let’s start with the four most exciting announcements. ARKit: making mixed reality easier to create and more realistic to view Apple’s OS 11 developer ARKit enables developers to build mixed reality apps that interpret the imagery from the user’s iPhone camera by identifying surfaces, tracking motion, estimating scale as well as ambient lighting, and by providing fast and…

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Google: what’s wrong with a lack of jaw-dropping announcements?

In short: Nothing. With an emphasis on incremental improvements to Google’s photo organizing, sharing and search solutions, Google’s maturing solutions are now becoming so easy, efficient, and helpful that many consumers will feel they can’t live without them. Perhaps equally important, Google is opening up more and more of its supporting AI technologies to developers – for companies who can’t afford to hire an army of AI PhDs. The Google I/O announcements important to mobile imaging vendors To put the photo-related announcements in perspective, note…

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Move over Snap: Facebook is the camera company to beat

It’s the platform, stupid Just as the world finally figured out why Snap relabeled itself as a camera company, last week Facebook proclaimed it’s not just a camera company, it’s a camera company built on the world’s ambitious augmented reality platform. Let’s add some perspectives to their F8 announcements: Recently, Facebook has put its camera front and center in its various properties (not just Instagram, but also Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp). For instance, in Messenger, this changed the traditional texting workflow, which normally starts with…

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