I've just been introduced to TIPIT, which is a unique outlier in Augmented Reality (AR) space (where no one can hear you scream).
There's a lot of talk about different realities at the moment, but we are still just dipping our toes in the AR waters, metaphorically speaking (see also A brave new world of virtual, augmented, hybrid, hyper, and diminished realities).
I firmly believe that, in the not-too-distant future, AR will permeate almost every aspect of our lives. At the moment, however, a lot of people are still trying to wrap their brains around all of the possibilities.
The real fun will begin when we can meld artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning, and AR together. As always, a major driving force will be entertainment and social media. For example, I know a lot of people who really enjoy using simple image-editing apps on their smartphones or tablet computers to modify photographs and upload them to Facebook.
Well, suppose you could do something like this — but better — to live video? Take a look at this YouTube video, for example, in which the app is automatically detecting the two humans, separating them from the background, effectively replacing the background with a “green screen,” and then substituting new background images.
All of this is performed by TIPIT, which is a cross-platform engine that delivers computer vision and AR technologies to messaging platforms, developers, social platforms, and brands that are looking to deliver captivating user experiences.
The real trick is to be able to detect, identify, and separate different objects (like humans, cats, dogs, and cars) from the background. Using TIPIT, it's also possible to identify and extract faces from backgrounds, including hair and facial hair. This automatic green screen technology is based on neural network and deep learning techniques. Once you've identified and separated the objects of interest, the world is your lobster (or crustacean of your choice).
TIPIT's built-in effects designer allows developers to produce their own AR effects and effortlessly create thousands of AR graphics without having to write a single line of code.
I don’t think it's going too far to say that the possibilities are endless. Suppose I were to visit an AR hairdresser's, for example. Instead of peering into a mirror, I could be looking at my image presented on a high-resolution display. Using a TIPIT-enabled app, the hairdresser could show me what I would look like with different hairstyles, beards, moustaches, and so forth.
Similarly, suppose my wife (Gina the Gorgeous) needed a new ensemble for a social occasion and — believe me — she rarely turns down the opportunity to go shopping for clothes. In this case, rather than spending hours trying on different outfits (while yours truly stands around twiddling his thumbs), Gina could simply stand in front of a human-size display while the various
costumes garments were superimposed over her bodacious body.
In fact, early technological incarnations of these concepts have been around for some time now, but they were horrendously expensive and less than reliable. Tools like TIPIT are going to change the balance and tip-it over the edge (did you see what I just did there?).
And, once again, the examples I mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. All sorts of ideas are popping into my head and rattling around my noggin as I pen these words. What about you? What types of applications can you envisage for this technology? (I bet when we all look back in say 10 years' time, we'll be shaking our heads saying “Well, I never saw that one coming!” )