Researchers demo 3D face scanning breakthroughs at SIGGRAPH, Kinect crowd squarely targeted

Lookin’ to get your Grown Nerd on? Look no further. We just sat through 1.5 hours of high-brow technobabble here at SIGGRAPH 2011, where a gaggle of gurus with IQs far, far higher than ours explained in detail what the future of 3D face scanning would hold. Scientists from ETH Zürich, Texas A&M, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University as well as a variety of folks from Microsoft Research and Disney Research labs were on hand, with each subset revealing a slightly different technique to solving an all-too-similar problem: painfully accurate 3D face tracking. Haoda Huang et al. revealed a highly technical new method that involved the combination of marker-based motion capture with 3D scanning in an effort to overcome drift, while Thabo Beeler et al. took a drastically different approach.

Those folks relied on a markerless system that used a well-lit, multi-camera system to overcome occlusion, with anchor frames acting as staples in the success of its capture abilities. J. Rafael Tena et al. developed “a method that not only translates the motions of actors into a three-dimensional face model, but also subdivides it into facial regions that enable animators to intuitively create the poses they need.” Naturally, this one’s most useful for animators and designers, but the first system detailed is obviously gunning to work on lower-cost devices — Microsoft’s Kinect was specifically mentioned, and it doesn’t take a seasoned imagination to see how in-home facial scanning could lead to far more interactive games and augmented reality sessions. The full shebang can be grokked by diving into the links below, but we’d advise you to set aside a few hours (and rest up beforehand).

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Researchers demo 3D face scanning breakthroughs at SIGGRAPH, Kinect crowd squarely targeted originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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T-Mobile G2x gets a $50 price bump, still no stock in sight

It looks like the G2x saga isn’t over quite yet; after first disappearing from store shelves due to quality concerns “high demand,” the dual-core Android smartphone is getting a slight price hike from T-Mobile. As of May 27th, the out-of-stock Froyo handset decided it was worth an extra Grant (quite the presumptuous fellow, no?), dialing in with a new price of $249 after rebate. An internal screenshot describes the price hop as a reaction to inventory constraints. The supposed effects of supply and demand aside, this price adjustment feels a little shaky amid reports of botched WiFi handoffs, overheating, light leakage and reboot issues. With any luck, the G2x will return to store shelves sporting a worry-free update to Gingerbread; but if you aren’t counting on it, you can still snag one at Amazon to the tune of $99. Oh, and look: plenty in stock, too!

T-Mobile G2x gets a $50 price bump, still no stock in sight originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 May 2011 01:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Google Cloud Print comes to HP ePrint printers

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HP has become the first major OEM to deliver support for Google Cloud Print in retail-boxed printers. In an official release, HP announced that its ePrint-enabled printers are now fully Cloud Print compatible. Just sign in to your Google account, pick your HP ePrint device, and you’re ready to fire off a print job from anywhere you’ve got Internet access. Well, as long as your app supports Cloud Print as well — like Gmail and Google Docs, for example.

We’re curious, though — how many of you are still printing? Like our pals at Engadget, our printers have been mostly gathering dust for the last few years.

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iPad 2 News ? Apple Calls On More Suppliers

Last April when Apple released the original iPad to the market you had to wait in line in some cases to get your hands on the exciting new tablet device. Many orders were put on hold and some countries even had to wait for the iPad to become available. This April, when the dazzling new […]

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Dell Streak 7 television ad slides leak out

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That Dell tablet that just got its WiFi certification?  It looks like it will be the new Dell Streak 7, and be showing up on your television in a series of commercials.  Engadget got hold of the slides for the commercial script, along with a little Easter egg — one of them shows a Netflix app, which we knew was coming eventually.  There’s a full set of slides at the source link, and they’re worth a look.

It’s nice to see Dell sticking to the Streak brand, even if this one’s going to end up confusing consumers about the OS with the inclusion of a big fat 7 at the end of the name.  Something tells me we’ll know more come CES, and in between cold beers we’ll find time to tell you.  So Dude, are you getting a Dell? [Engadget]

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