Information that deserves attention, 17

These are the articles and videos from the previous week I found most interesting.

  1. Real-Time Non-Rigid Reconstruction Using an RGB-D Camera
  2. What is a magnetic monopole?
  3. A story of blue

Real-Time Non-Rigid Reconstruction Using an RGB-D Camera

Microsoft Research

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.…

What is a magnetic monopole?

New Scientist

Full story:…
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?

A story of blue

nature video

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.

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