Is does not happen very often that I literally sit in front of the computer with my eyes wide open in amazement and feeling completly speechless by what I see – but it did happen last night when I found the link to that video.
Researches from the Technical University of Ilmenau (Germany) developed a new technique called diminished reality-system, with which you can remove any unpleasant things in your view – like that ugly polar in front of your door or the old stickers on your desk. The only thing you need is a computer with a webcam. Then simply circle the object you want to disappear, click – and it`s gone! And this happens all live – during the filming! (But you got to be beware of mirrors – did you spot the little mistake in the video above?)
The researchers believe, that thanks to the growing computing performance of smartphones, this application could in a few years even be available for our mobile phones. Although I can`t really imagine when I would use this application (removing all “ugly cars” from your view could end in a rather painfull experience of realising that they only disappear from your screen, not from the street you`re just walking on), the fact that it only takes one click to remove any thing from your view absolutely faszinates me. Just imagine sitting in a room full of – well, let`s say, not your favouritve persons – take a look on your tablet or smartphone and simply remove them from your screen. If someone now also invents a tool with which you can remove the sound, I`m perfectly happy.