Oct 162010

Sometimes less is more, even in Augmented Reality. These two examples of “diminished reality” are like Photoshop’s Content Aware Fill acting on real-time video. Imagine if Harry Houdini had gotten ahold of this, or Pravda.


Smoothly interpolating away objects in still pictures is impressive enough, but reader geoffbrecker writes with a stunning demonstration from Germany’s Technical University of Ilmenau of on-the-fly erasure of selected objects in video. Quoting: “The effect is achieved by an image synthesizer that reduces the image quality, removes the object, and then increases the image quality back up. This all happens within 40 milliseconds, fast enough that the viewer doesn’t notice any delay.”

Here’s the “ordinary” AR version: