Don’t believe anything you see ever again

Extreme makeover: computer science edition

They say a user of the software can easily plunk an image on almost any planar surface in a video, whether wall, floor or ceiling. And the embedded images don’t have to be still photos—you can insert a video inside a video.

Here’s the opportunity to sing karaoke side-by-side with your favorite American Idol celebrity and post the video to YouTube. Or preview a virtual copy of a painting on your wall before you buy. Or liven up those dull vacation videos.

There is also a potential financial aspect to the technology. The researchers suggest that anyone with a video camera might earn some spending money by agreeing to have unobtrusive corporate logos placed inside their videos before they are posted online. The person who shot the video, and the company handling the business arrangements, would be paid per view, in a fashion analogous to Google AdSense, which pays websites to run small ads.

I guess no one should be amazed at the incredibly impoverished set of ideas that the developers have for what this might be good for. My wish is even narrower: use the inverse of this same set of algorithms to take the @#$@#$ chyrons off the bottom fifthquarterthirdhalf of the screen on all my favorite TV shows.

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