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After two years we've finally released Ceres Solver:
http://code.google.com/p/ceres-solver/

This is a key component of Street View. We're really happy to have released this. When we started writing Ceres, there was nothing available like it. It's state of the art; a real contribution to computer vision and other fields which need large scale nonlinear least squares.

Part of the reason I worked on this in my spare time (my real job at Google is something else) was to get it integrated in libmv (http://code.google.com/p/libmv) and subsequently integrated into Blender. This opens the door to many sophisticated tracking features, like autocalibration, rolling shutter, multi-shot solves, tripod solves, planar tracking, and more.

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We announced our self-driving car project in 2010 (http://goo.gl/dI6qA) with a clear goal: make driving safer, more enjoyable and more efficient.

There’s much left to design and test, but we’ve now safely completed more than 200,000 miles of computer-led driving, gathering great experiences and an overwhelming number of enthusiastic supporters.

We wanted to share one of our favorite moments from some special research we conducted. Watch this video of Steve, who joined us for a drive on a carefully programmed route to experience being behind the wheel in a whole new way. We organized this test as a technical experiment outside of our core research efforts, but we think it’s also a promising look at what this kind of technology may one day deliver for society if rigorous technical and safety standards can be met.

A version of this video with audio captions is available here: http://goo.gl/k5K9Q
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Oooo, they are making new PBF comics!
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Live on Glass: always-on burst photography for better photos!
 
Picture Perfect

One of the great things about Glass is that the software automatically updates monthly, so Glass gets better every single month without you having to do a thing.  

So, with that in mind... here are a couple of highlights from this month’s new hotness on Glass:

1. Better photos on Glass
Today we’re releasing new software for the camera on Glass. It captures a rapid sequence of shots behind the scenes every time you press the camera button which, when combined, gives you a better picture than what you would get with a single shot. So, what does this new software mean for your pictures? Two things: you no longer have to be afraid of the dark; it'll detect low light situations and automatically capture a brighter, sharper picture. It'll also automatically take HDR pictures in bright scenes. Best of all, this software works even in tough situations where there are moving subjects.
 
It’s these kinds of useful improvements that make pictures on Glass even more magical. Anyway, it doesn’t make sense for you to read about it, right? Right, which is exactly why we’ve put together an album showcasing a ‘with and without’ of our favourite photos. Check them out and let us know what you think. Here's a link to the images in high-res: http://goo.gl/gRtVV

2. Photo captions 
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but we understand that you may want to add a few. So now, when sharing a photo, you’ll see a message inviting you to add a caption. When you see this, simply tap the touchpad, speak your caption, and voilà! A captioned photo is born. 

We’re starting to roll out these new updates now, as well as a number of other small improvements. We hope you enjoy them and look forward to hearing what you think. Until the next month...

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fast robots + fast frames = video you'd swear was CG
Super slow motion footage captured by high speed cameras usually shows slow movements (if any), but German studio The Marmalade came up with a brilliant way of speeding up the movements: a high-speed ...
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I think there is a certain amount of cg in there, but the real problem is that the swooping 'perfect' camera moves are exactly what you get out of basic use of an animation program. They need to glitch it up a bit, make it as if the robot was struggling a little to get the shot.
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Lovely pics, Sam.
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Now shipping in Lightroom 4 (and Photoshop CS6 Camera Raw) - the tools for adjusting shadows, highlights, and clarity are based on a fast version of the local Laplacian filters we introduced at SIGGRAPH 2011 [1,2]:

http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal/2012/02/magic-or-local-laplacian-filters.html

This is a big step forward for photo editing. Kudos to Eric Chan and the rest of the Adobe team for making this happen.

[1] http://people.csail.mit.edu/sparis/publi/2011/siggraph/
[2] http://dspace.mit.edu/bitstream/handle/1721.1/67030/MIT-CSAIL-TR-2011-049.pdf
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Congratulations Sam and +Sylvain Paris. When research gets shipped into products so quickly, it is a sign that it was great work!
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    2011 - present
  • Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
    Research Assistant Professor, 2010 - 2011
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