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Graphics

3D animation software joystick 'input puppet' (Image: Interactive Geometry Lab / ETH Zuric...

Until recently, computer software animation developers had to manipulate characters by using their computer mouse to drag virtual limbs into poses one tedious, time-consuming key frame at a time. Now researchers at the Interactive Geometry Lab (IGL) at ETH Zurich have developed a whole new way of creating movement in virtual characters using 3D model "joysticks" that directly create shape and movement inputs.  Read More

The MIT researchers developed an algorithm that gives standard portrait shots a profession...

Instagram devotees and champions of the selfie rejoice, for your filtering options may be about to get a little more diverse. Researchers from MIT have developed an algorithm that takes standard "style-transfer" techniques up a notch, enabling the distinctive style of studio photography to be layered over the top of your portraits.  Read More

AMD's latest flagship graphics card sits directly between NVIDIA's rival Titan GPUs

AMD has revealed the Radeon R9 295X2, the flagship card in its latest range of gamer-centric GPUs. The new card features a powerful dual-GPU setup that utilizes factory-fitted liquid cooling and boasts a full 8GB memory. The GPU is aimed to compete with NVIDIA's rival Titan cards  Read More

Intel has announced a number of new chips, including a 4th gen Core processor

Intel has announced a number of new chips, including the fifth generation Intel Core "Broadwell" and the fourth generation Intel Core "Devil's Canyon." The company also presented its new Ready Mode Technology and demonstrated a portable All-in-One computer. The announcements are all part Intel's claim that it is "reinventing the desktop."  Read More

The new notebook GPUs provide a significant performance boost over their predecessors

NVIDIA has announced an update to its entire range of laptop graphics solutions. Known as the GeForce 800M line, the new GPUs provide a significant performance boost over the 700M series cards, and offer a range of new, built-in functionality.  Read More

I think I'd like to go with a nice, leafy green

Have you ever seen something while you were out walking around, and thought "That's just the color I'd like to paint my living room"? Well, if you had a SwatchMate Color Capturing Cube, you could act on that thought. It lets you sample colors as you come across them, so you can exactly reproduce them on a graphics program or even in a paint store.  Read More

Simulated silk crepe de chine, linen plain, silk shot fabric, velvet and polyester satin c...

Computer scientists have come up with a new simple, accurate way to simulate the appearance of fabric that could change the way artists and animators in the film and computer game industries go about the business of rendering computer-generated clothing and other materials.  Read More

Nvidia's Ira demo running on the Logan mobile chip

With its new Project Logan mobile system-on-chip, Nvidia has not so much raised the bar as blown the roof off expectations of computer and game graphics on mobile devices. In an impressive display of Logan's "oomph," the company has shown it running Ira, an incredibly detailed and effects-heavy demo of a human head animated in real time. The demo was itself unveiled in recent months, and previously shown running on Nvidia's super-heavyweight GeForce Titan graphics card.  Read More

The Nvidia Quadro K6000 flagship professional GPU

Nvidia is currently a force to be reckoned with when it comes to consumer graphics, with powerful cards such as the GeForce GTX Titan sitting right at the top of benchmarking tables. The company is also no slouch when it comes to professional graphics solutions, and it's aiming to cement its position in the market with the Quadro K6000. The new card offers a significant performance bump over its predecessor, the Quadro 6000, providing five times higher compute performance and almost twice the graphics capability of the older card.  Read More

The LapTouch concept is targeted at the creative community (Image: Amir Labidi)

Einstein famously maintained that a cluttered desk is a sign of a brilliant mind. However, for many modern designers the desk is not just messy but is also jammed with a mandatory array of PCs, laptops, screens, tablets, and more. French designer Amir Labidi has developed a laptop concept dubbed the “LapTouch” for the creative community, with the specific aim of consolidating design functions and reducing desktop congestion.  Read More

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