Facebook 3D photos sources depth information straight from your camera

Facebook 3D photos sources depth information straight from your camera

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cameras in our gadgets can do alot more than take photos, and with just a minor tweak we can use them to create living 3D photos.   Leveraging the extra “depth” data found in some iPhone photographs, Facebook today announced the rollout of 3D Photos – images...

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World’s first full body 3D scanner produces amazing live images of the human body

World’s first full body 3D scanner produces amazing live images of the human body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Medical scanners haven’t advanced much in decades, this new scanner is faster, higher resolution and produces insights into the human body not possible using today’s technology.   Recently I talked about a new innovation that lets doctors create movies of the behaviour of cells in...

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Windows are the perfect lens-less cameras for AI and VR headsets

Windows are the perfect lens-less cameras for AI and VR headsets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Researchers have re-thought cameras from the point of view of today’s AI’s, and what they’ve created is as innovative as it is revolutionary.   Cameras used to be their own devices with lenses and film and trips to the drug store to get the pictures...

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DeepMind’s AI now has human like 3D vision

DeepMind’s AI now has human like 3D vision

WHY THIS MATERS IN BRIEF As we come to rely on robots and automated systems more in our daily lives their ability to accurately perceive our world is crucial.   If I showed you a single picture of a room it’s likely you’d be able to tell me about it...

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Simple pixel hack cripples state of the art AI medical imaging systems

Simple pixel hack cripples state of the art AI medical imaging systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI becomes increasingly pervasive in healthcare companies need to be aware that a new simple attack on their AI imaging and diagnostic systems could cause untold chaos, and even result in deaths.   Recently we’ve seen how a duelling AI that adjusted a pixel or...

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Researchers use AI to turn smartphones into lab grade microscopes

Researchers use AI to turn smartphones into lab grade microscopes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not everyone has access to a lab grade microscope, and if you’re a doctor in the middle of nowhere that’s an issue that will delay disease diagnosis and potentially put lives at risk, this breakthrough will revolutionise front line medicine.   Today we are on...

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Harvard revolutionises camera technology, invents Metalense

Harvard revolutionises camera technology, invents Metalense

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Centuries after they were first invented most lenses are still made of plastic or glass and Harvard’s new metalense will revolutionise the industry and let us make cameras and lenses that, eventually, will be just atoms thick.   Metalenses, flat surfaces that use nanostructures to...

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MIT researchers use AI and a smartphone to see round corners

MIT researchers use AI and a smartphone to see round corners

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cameras that can see around corners are getting better, and the technology is beginning more commercially viable but there’s still a long way to go before you can take pictures around corners.   Building cameras that can see around corners is nothing new and over...

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Researchers have created a 3D plasma hologram you can touch

Researchers have created a 3D plasma hologram you can touch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everyone loves holograms, or they think they do, because until now most holograms have relied more on parlour tricks than actual science and technology to work, but that might be about to change.   Every science fiction film ever created, and probably even the ones...

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Lockheed’s new camera puts a space telescope in your pocket

Lockheed’s new camera puts a space telescope in your pocket

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Increasingly we’re using new, and advanced, optical systems to monitor everything that goes on around us, both on Earth and in space, and the more the sensors improve the more we can watch.   Today’s space telescopes, like the Hubble or the newest kid on the...

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Euclideon unveils the world’s first multi-user hologram table

Euclideon unveils the world’s first multi-user hologram table

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Holograms are a science fiction staple, and using a trick of the light, Euclideon and their new holographic table have gotten closer to bringing them to reality than anyone else.   This week Australian company Euclideon announced they’ve managed to build what is being dubbed...

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New all seeing cameras will revolutionise computer vision as we know it

New all seeing cameras will revolutionise computer vision as we know it

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Imagine a camera that can see and analyse every part of the visible and non-visible spectrum at the same time, now imagine it’s in a search and rescue drone, or a hunter killer robot…   Hey, I know you like hearing about the grand things...

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Elbit’s persistent surveillance drone can watch entire cities in real time

Elbit’s persistent surveillance drone can watch entire cities in real time

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where threats can lurk anywhere authorities are calling out for new surveillance systems that can watch entire areas, or cities, in real time, and industry is answering them.   Yesterday at the Paris Airshow Elbit Systems, an Israeli defence company, demonstrated their new,...

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World first as scientists create the first Black Hole on Earth

World first as scientists create the first Black Hole on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It can be said that science fiction writers have a love affair with black holes, and now a team of American scientists have managed to spontaneously create a molecule sized one here on Earth.   Black holes are without question the most powerful objects in...

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Google and HTC are developing invisible VR headsets

Google and HTC are developing invisible VR headsets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The best technology is invisible, and Google and HTC hope that this counts.   Google used to, I don’t know if they still do, have a saying that the best technology was the technology that was invisible to the consumer. In other words, if you...

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Scientists 3D print an Eagle eye camera that’s smaller than a human hair

Scientists 3D print an Eagle eye camera that’s smaller than a human hair

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of devices today that are too small, or lack the computing power to accommodate a traditional camera, new micro-cameras overcome all those issues.   It seems that you can’t go anywhere nowadays without a camera tracking you but as ubiquitous as they...

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New Chinese camera can see round corners

New Chinese camera can see round corners

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to photograph and “see” objects that are out of sight have both military and civilian applications.   In an age dominated by megapixel counts, a research group from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China led by Bin Bai have designed a one megapixel camera...

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Scientists can now see molecules and objects clearer than ever before

Scientists can now see molecules and objects clearer than ever before

Discovery paves the way for new breakthroughs in materials, molecular science, semiconductors and much more A team of scientists from Complutense University have managed to bypass a theoretical limit on optical resolution, allowing them to see more sharply than ever before. Their results are published in a paper in the journal...

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Apple, emerging technology and the iPhone that could be

Apple, emerging technology and the iPhone that could be

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF I take a look at the exciting Emerging Technologies that Apple could put into the next iPhone – but probably haven’t.   Today there are no fewer than ten multi trillion dollar trends coming down the line – from the Connected Home and the Internet of Everything to Autonomous Vehicles,...

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