Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Facebook Connect, Oculus Quest 2 and Project Aria



Facebook Connect
Oculus Quest 2 Launch
September 2020
Full Replay

...and more on Project Aria



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Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality with Mark Zuckerberg and Marques Brownlee



Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Marques Brownlee discuss the future of virtual and augmented reality, from Oculus Quest2 to the glasses being planned in coming years.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Apple Announces Apple Watch Updates and New Fitness+ at Apple Event | September 2020



Apple Event
September 2020

Apple announces updates to Apple Watch and iPad as well as the new Fitness+ and AppleOne subscriptions.

Watch the full replay above starting with CEO Tim Cook's updates on Apple Watch or see below for specific sections:

Apple Fitness+ and Apple One



Apple iPad



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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Vid2Player | Controllable Video Sprites that Behave and Appear like Professional Tennis Players



Would you watch Roger Federer vs Roger Federer? Serena Williams vs Roger Federer? Stanford University researchers in computer vision give you a chance to find out.

Vid2Player: Controllable Video Sprites that Behave and Appear like Professional Tennis Players

We present a system that converts annotated broadcast video of tennis matches into interactively controllable video sprites that behave and appear like professional tennis players.

Our approach is based on controllable video textures, and utilizes domain knowledge of the cyclic structure of tennis rallies to place clip transitions and accept control inputs at key decision-making moments of point play.

Most importantly, we use points from the video collection to model a player's court positioning and shot selection decisions during points.

We use these behavioral models to select video clips that reflect actions the real-life player is likely to take in a given match play situation, yielding sprites that behave realistically at the macro level of full points, not just individual tennis motions.

Our system can generate novel points between professional tennis players that resemble Wimbledon broadcasts, enabling new experiences such as the creation of matchups between players that have not competed in real life, or interactive control of players in the Wimbledon final.

According to expert tennis players, the rallies generated using our approach are significantly more realistic in terms of player behavior than video sprite methods that only consider the quality of motion transitions during video synthesis.


Research By
Haotian Zhang
Christobal Sciutto
Maneesh Agrawala
Kayvon Fathalaian
Stanford University

Learn more: https://cs.stanford.edu/~haotianz/research/vid2player/


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