News 25 August 2001

The curtain rises on an artful display

IF YOU want to know how much e-mail you've got, just glance at the masterpiece hanging by your window. Curtains that resemble a Piet Mondrian painting are ideal for displaying digital information, the conference heard. "This is a whole new concept in interior design," says Lars Erik Holmquist of PLAY Interactive Institute in Gothenburg, Sweden, …

News 25 August 2001

True to light

HOLLYWOOD'S special effects will become even more realistic, thanks to a lighting rig that can automatically recreate the illumination of any location, researchers told the conference last week. It will reproduce the flash of light from an explosion reflected on the face of the actors, for example. Directors often film actors in a studio and …

News 25 August 2001

Vincent gets snappy

YOUR holiday snaps can be transformed at the click of a mouse to look as though they were painted by an old master. Software packages like Adobe PhotoShop provide numerous filters for adding effects such as embossing or blurring to your photos, but each filter must be applied separately. Aaron Hertzmann of New York University …

News 25 August 2001

White fantastic

How graphics can show the difference between marble and milk

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