CDP Seminar, Tuesday June 25th, Marc Levoy: “What Google Glass means for the future of photography”

June 25th, 2013 @   - 

Date(s) - 06/25/2013
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lillie Auditorium, MBL


Please join us for a special CDP Seminar with speaker Marc Levoy, from Stanford University and Google, titled:

What Google Glass means for the future of photography
When:   Tuesday June 25th, 2013
Time:     1:00-2:00 pm
Where:   Lillie Auditorium


Although head-mounted cameras (and displays) are not new, Google Glass has the
potential to make these devices commonplace.  This has implications for the
practice, art, and uses of photography.  So what’s different about doing
photography with Glass?  First, Glass doesn’t work like a conventional camera;
it’s hands-free, point-of-view, always available, and instantly triggerable.
Second, Glass facilitates different uses than a conventional camera: recording
documents, making visual todo lists, logging your life, and swapping eyes with
other Glass users.  Third, Glass will be an open platform, unlike most cameras.
This is not easy, because Glass is a heterogeneous computing platform, with
multiple processors having different performance, efficiency, and
programmability.  The challenge is to invent software abstractions that allow
control over the camera as well as access to these specialized processors.
Finally, devices like Glass that are head-mounted and perform computational
photography in real time have the potential to give wearers “superhero vision”,
like seeing in the dark, or magnifying subtle motion or changes.  If such
devices can also perform computer vision in real time and are connected to the
cloud, then they can do face recognition, live language translation, and
information recall.  The hard part is not imagining these capabilities, but
deciding which ones are feasible, useful, and socially acceptable.

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