These are the articles and videos from the previous week I found most interesting.
- Real-Time Non-Rigid Reconstruction Using an RGB-D Camera
- What is a magnetic monopole?
- A story of blue
Among Microsoft Research’s contributions to SIGGRAPH 2014, a combined hardware and software solution for markerless reconstruction of non-rigidly deforming physical objects with arbitrary shape in real-time. Our system uses a single self-contained stereo camera unit built from off-the-shelf components and consumer graphics hardware to generate spatio-temporally coherent 3D models at 30 Hz. A new stereo matching algorithm estimates real-time RGB-D data. The system is an order of magnitude faster than state-of-the-art methods, while matching the quality and robustness of many offline algorithms. We demonstrate how acquired models can be used for many interactive scenarios, including re-texturing, online performance capture and preview, and real-time shape and motion re-targeting.
Full story: http://www.newscientist.com/article/m…
We’ve never seen a magnetic north pole without its opposite number, but theory demands that these strange monopoles exist. So why don’t we make one instead?
Blue has long proved a problem for artists. There are few blue materials in nature that can serve as pigment for painters. During the Renaissance period artists used a pigment called natural ultramarine, lauded for its rich and striking appearance.