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LDV Vision Summit

LDV VISION SUMMIT, DAY 2, OVERVIEW

Different day, different crowd : If day 1 of the LDV Vision Summit was all about science, research and data ( massive amounts of data), Day 2 opened the doors to more practical applications of visual tech, mostly around revenue. In other words, how companies are using the discoveries of researchers to extract value, information and monetary rewards. As in the previous day, panels were a flowing mix of individual presentations and group discussions. Here are some elements of day 2 which particularly caught our attention. Opening…

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LDV Vision Summit, Day 1, Overview

Another LDV Vision Summit  just ended yesterday and with it, the conclusion of 2 full days of discussions about visual tech and its impact on our world. While it has become a cliché to point out the huge amount of photos/videos  taken, posted and shared daily, what is much less understood is the multiple ramifications into our lives. This summit took a deep dive into the current and upcoming state of visual tech and offered a glimpse onto potential answers. There was too much said…

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10 Questions for a founder: Volumental

Just imagine: You are at home and getting ready to head to a party. You have the perfect clothes but no shoes to match. You pick up your phone, scan your feet, select a model and after a while, you pick up your custom-made and custom fit shoes from your 3D printer. Off you go. Party sucked but everyone loved your shoes.  Sci Fi?  not really. Based in Sweden, Volumental has developed software that can use depth cameras ( like your Kinect)  to perfectly scan your…

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10 Questions to a founder : Algolux

It used to be dead simple, a dark box and a lens. As technology evolved, so did the camera, getting ever more sophisticated and powerful, at least in the box. The lenses, besides being clearer, lighter, more efficient, is still a piece of glass with its limitation ( seize, weight, accuracy) . It doesn’t matter anymore. With computational imaging, what is captured by the lens is only the beginning of what the camera can do. Paul is one of the speakers at the upcoming LDV Vision Summit, May…

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10 Questions for a visual researcher : Yahoo Labs

Data crunching for the discovery of underlying trends might seem as being restricted to obviously quantifiable results. However, Alejandro James, Director of Research/Video product at Yahoo Labs has recently been applying his research to better understanding aesthetic and cultural impact, both very subjective, in our interaction with visual content.  Before speaking and judging at the upcoming LDV Vision Summit, he sat down with us to discuss his path, his research and his vision of the visual:tech space. A little bit of yourself, what is your…

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10 questions to a vision engineer : Carousel

Photo management is probably the most disputed space in photo:tech right now with major players like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon, competing for the absolute control of where people store, manage and back up their photos. We sat down with Peter Welinder from Dropbox, a major player in this space, to discuss how computer vision and machine-learning is and will be a major differentiator and success trigger. Peter will be a speaker and  judge at the upcoming LDV Vision Summit. Tell us a little…

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The Power Of Earned Media In Social Images

Brands are spending large amounts of money on sponsorships, in particular in sports, which are seen as a unique way of engaging emotionally with fans. Ideally the brand will be featured prominently in an image of a star player scoring a key goal for the home side and reap the benefits of being connected to a moment of collective glory. Anecdotally brands get “a lot” of exposure for their sponsorships of teams and athletes via images shared on social media, but up till now, no one has…

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10 questions for a computer vision scientist : Andrea Frome

With the LDV Vision summit fast approaching, we want to catch up with some of the computer vision scientists/researchers who work deep inside the internet giants and who will be speaking at the event. Their research might not be  as well-known as the features they power but they however deserve as much credit as the ceo’s who had the insight to hire them. Andrea Frome from Research at Google took time on her busy schedule to answer some of our questions:  A little bit about…

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10 Questions to a Founder : Aviary

After 7 years and raising $19 Million in 4 rounds, hugely popular photo editing app and SDK Aviary sold recently to Adobe. But this is not how the story ends. As the company enters is next chapter as part of the Adobe Creative Suite, co-founder Avi Muchnick tells us more as he also prepares to be a speaker at this year’s LDV Vision Summit.  A little about you, what is your background ? I’m an artist and entrepreneur based in NYC. I co-founded Worth1000, a…

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Adobe’s golden opportunities

The recent news of Adobe’s acquisition of microstock company Fotolia has sent ripples throughout the photo licensing world. The software company purchased the 11-year old company operating in 23 countries in 14 different languages for $800 million in cash,  in return for 34 million images. While the public announcement clearly aimed at integrating it into its Creative Cloud solution boasting 3.4 million subscribers, there is much more that Adobe can do with it. Adobe is best known for its hugely popular Photoshop product and its directly…

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