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Live selfies


By Raffy Paredes

Researchers at Facebook and Tel Aviv University in Israel have teamed up to bring your selfies to “life.” Using a single still photo of a person’s face, their new technology is able to animate it and introduce different expressions. The study has developed a technique that will “automatically animate” a still portrait, even a painting, creating various emotions that were not present in the original single frame. Using a “driving video” (a video of someone performing different expressions), the technology replicates the expressions it observes onto the still image it is provided with.It works by warping areas of the image in a two-dimensional space, while also adding fine-scale “dynamic details” that make the animation much more realistic. Such details include creases inthe skin and wrinkles. It’s even capable of reproducing “hidden features” (such as teeth) that might be obscured from view in the original photo. These are “transferred” from the driving video.

What use is there for this technology, you may be asking? Well, with Facebook’s involvement, it is quite possible that users will be able to animate their profile picture and cause it to react tostimuli on the social network at some point in the future (PetaPixel).

  • Ifugao Old Lady (Rosette Lazaga)

  • Untitled (Ryan Rustia)

  • Waiting Area (Shien Rhoel F. Moral)

  • Chasing the Milky- Basco Light House (Jobelle M. Lumanglas)

  • Go Fish (Jan Aldous O. Viriña)

  • Rules, What (Ivan Aratas)

  • The Magic of Light (Eduard Yaco)

  • Untitled (Christian Lowv)

  • Simple Life (Allan Velasco Carandang)

  • Serpent Eagle of Subic (Reymart Sefentes)

    In a recent blog post, Google announced that Google Photos can now recognize your pets, and will sort them into their own groupings. According to Google’s announcement: “you’ll be able to see photos of the cats and dogs now grouped alongside people, and you can label them by name, search to quickly find photos of them, or even better, photos of you and them.” While the app should be able to sort out your beagle from your Bernese, it seems like it may need help telling the difference between two dogs or cats of the same breed. A Google spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News that “this is just the start and that if you have a number of pets that are the same breed (such as a few yellow Labs), you might need to help the app by removing photos of a misgrouped pet, so the app can tell Lassie from Fido” (BuzzFeed News).

    Google Maps has already allowed us to explore the Moon, Mars, and the Universe for a few years, but now the list has been extended to a range of other planets and moons in our Solar System. That includes the planets Mercury and Venus; dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto; Jupiter’s moons Io, Europa, and Ganymede; and Saturn’s moons Mimas, Enceladus, Dione, Rhea, Titan, and Iapetus. Along with those worlds, curious earthlings can now take a tour of the International Space Station as well. The Google team scoured images gathered and sent back by missions from NASA, ESA, and other agencies and stitched them together to create high resolution mosaics of those bodies. In some areas, the maps show a general overview of the surface, but where closer images were available, you can zoom right down and inspect specific mountains, valleys, and other geological features. The new worlds are explorable on Google Maps right now (

    And now to our featured readers.

    Allan Velasco shares “Simple Life” a photo he took while at a Mangyan community in Mindoro.

    From Jobelle Lumanglas, support staff at the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde is the night photo, “Chasing the Milky-Basco Light House” taken in Batanes.

    Christian Lowv sent in a photo taken at UP of a Gender Equality rainbow above the Oblation.

    The photo, “The Magic of Light” comes from Eduard Yaco. “This shot was taken last May 2016, I took a short vacation to my home town just to capture this green moss which is rarely seen in some seascape photos of Puerto Galera,” writes Eduard. “On the first day, I did the ‘scouting’ method which is done by every landscape enthusiast just to study the environment, behavior of lights in the place, how exactly the sun will affect the colors of the moss, how to set up your composition and some technical stuff, etc. It was May 10 at around 5 p.m., I went back to the place exactly where I scouted my plans. I was lucky then because the moss appears mostly in summer time and depends only on the condition of the tide. I set up my tripod and composed several shots. I ended up with a composition by using strong foreground with green moss which is my aim that time with a bonus of long exposure and a fading light. When you are patient, Mother Nature will reward you with her magical and mystical beauty. Photographers are only viewers of earth’s fabulous show.” Eduard took the photo at White Beach in Puerto Galera.

    Ivan Aratas submitted the black-and-white photo, “Rules, What?” which he tags as “part of my daily life as a commuter who encounters different scenarios and happenings.”

    Jan Aldous Viriña, BS Education Major in English student and the current editor-in-chief of The Gears Publication, the official student publication of Laguna State Polytechnic University-Santa Cruz Campus shares “Go Fish” taken at Caliraya Lake.

    The bird photo titled “Serpent Eagle of Subic” comes from Reymart Sefuentes.”

    Rosette Lazaga writes that she took her portrait photo “Ifugao Old Lady” at Mines View Park, Baguio City.

    Ryan Rustia, a freelance event videographer from Caloocan City contributed the untitled photo of a young boy looking at the photographer from a cement bridge. Photo was taken at the Mangyan village in Puerto Galera, Mindoro Oriental.

    And from ShienRhoel Moral is “Waiting Area,” a photo of a nipa shed surrounded by trees.

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