Recent project developments

Dense point-cloud reconstruction

Dense point-cloud reconstruction

I have been working with Bundler and PMVS2 to reconstruct some of my old multi-camera scans from 2007. There is a lot of potential to get some really good output from them, but at the moment I’m getting incomplete results; only one side comes out….

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YouTube automatic captioning

YouTube automatic captioning

(Via Slashdot): PCMAG.COM is reporting that YouTube has just released their automatic captioning system for public use: The technology still isn’t perfect, but Google is also using YouTube, with its vast array of accents, languages, background noise, and other distractions to improve its technology. But…

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CitySwitch Newcastle

CitySwitch Newcastle

I’ve just returned from the 5-day CitySwitch Architectural workshop in Newcastle organized by UTS lecturer Joanna Jakovich. The participants were asked to choose between four teams, each looking at architectural interventions of one kind or another. As well as team participation, I directed some energy…

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Nefarious uses of Augmented Reality

Nefarious uses of Augmented Reality

Real-time tracking of police presence would just require some friends   Recently I’ve been looking at the emerging humanitarian uses of collaborative micro-blogging, and in particular Project EPIC’s initiative to define a “folksonomy” of tweet formats to aid Haiti crisis response. I’m currently building a…

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Computer Aided Architectural Design

Computer Aided Architectural Design

(via Bruce Sterling’s Beyond the Beyond blog) Recently, Bruce Sterling featured Voxopolis (below) on his blog. The project extends Conway’s Game of Life into the 3rd dimension in order to evolve a city design. It is one of six presented in the Helvepolis – Urban…

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Mouthwatering materials in CG architecture movie

Mouthwatering materials in CG architecture movie

Alex Roman has created this beautiful, fully computer-generated architectural movie single-handedly: The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo. The small (simulated) depth-of-focus and constant shifting focus helps with convincing the viewer it’s actually real, and it guides the eye across a catalog…

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360 camera setup

360 camera setup

The video above is taken from Rubin’s Flash Panorama Laboratory. It is the result of experiments using non-professional commercial cameras to create “the world’s most affordable video solution capable of shooting and virtually recreating all possible viewing directions of the environment”. As you can see,…

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Building Point-Clouds of Emotions

Building Point-Clouds of Emotions

Following on from my look at image-based reconstruction of the buildings of a city, I want to explore another type of reconstruction; let’s call it psycho-social. While the image-reconstructions build a cloud of architectural feature points, location-tagged micro-blogging allows the formation of a cloud of…

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How to Build Cities from Tourist Photos

How to Build Cities from Tourist Photos

My research colleague Vinh Nguyen sent me this video of Washington University’s latest image-based reconstruction project (via a New Scientist article “Entire cities recreated from Flickr photos”).     The video shows reconstructed mesh models of the city of Rome. The meshes were constructed using…

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The sound of space

The sound of space

Close your eyes wherever you are, and you may become aware of the aural complexity of the space you’re in. The acoustics, distant sounds of play or belligerence, nature or machinery form a constellation of environmental cues we unconscious incorporate into our sense of a…

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