05 March 2005

XML Sunset Feed: Creating, indexing, and sharing images in a new way

Summary

Outlines an image technology concept that Yahoo Search Developer Network may want to plan for when developing new search tools.

Discussion

Ever see a special sunset, but when you get the pictures back . . .

I've been thinking about digital cameras, zoom lenses, XML feeds, and photoediting. I've noticed some things about images that seem like things could be improved.

Look at the images of sunsets, and look at this sunset. Notice a couple of things:

  • The sun is small, very far away in the image
  • The clouds are not showing up
  • It is grainy


    SunBlocked Out

    What if there was a way to do two things:

  • Have a system to block out the sun, so that the surrounding clouds would appear?

  • Have a method to make the sun bigger?

    Telephoto lenses can be really bulky adding to weight.

    Cameras, lights, and screens

    Think of your digital camera as a platform that can introduce masks over the sunlight; and a platform that can zoom into an area of interest.

    What's needed is the ability to capture the surrounding landscape, using light screens. Then the camera would combine these images into a single XML feed that could be sent immediately along a wifi or mobile connection to anyone worldwide.


    XML Sunset Feed

    Multi-exposure analog camera


    Here's the idea

    What's needed is an hand-held camera that will do the following things, all at the same time:

  • Enlarge the area of interest;

  • Block out the direct sunlight to capture the colors on the clouds;

  • Take a second image of the colorful sky, clouds without the washout from the sun; then

  • Recombine the colorful image with the zoomed image.

    That way, the sun fills the image; the clouds are still visible; the sun is not so bright that it washes everything out.

    There would be no bulky zoom lens.

    What's needed

  • Analog

    Notice the original sunset image was really grainy. When we take pictures and print them we have pixels. Also think about signals along a sine wave. We can use estimates, or actual values.

    There are night vision scopes that are not grainy and very clear in detail and color.

    The idea is to use an electronic capture of the image that moves from the point-estimate, to a more specific estimate along an analog signal-wave.

    We would move from digital-capture-estimates, to one that captures greater detail as it is more specific and offers a higher level of fidelity, like an improved sound system, but for your eyes.

  • Analog zoom

    The trick would be to zoom into the area of interest without needing a zoom-lens, but to zoom into the analog image as it was captured.

    A small object far away would be bigger, not because of a zoom lens, but because our camera expanded the analog signal of that object. Say goodbye to pixels.

    Because the image-signal is not digital but analog, there wouldn't be a problem with "small pixels getting really big" when the system automatically enlarged the image.

  • Screening

    Blocking out the sun is easy. There are systems that can identify light intensities and objects. These systems could be integrated with a masking-technique that blocks out the sun from specific areas; or denies the light from a specific source.

    Let's look at one example If you see an image of a comet going around the sun, notice they'll block out the sun, and the surrounding objectives are distinct.

    What this camera would do is add a screen over the sun so that you could still capture the nice cloud colors, details, and patterns around the sun.

  • Simul-Synched capture

    The system would simultaneously capture multiple images with different screens, emphasis and zooms. Your analog camera would do your photo editing before you finished your picture.

    Simul-synched in short for "Simultaneous synchronization" of multiple different images at the same time, then recombining these different elements into the single finished image.

  • Integrated on XML feeds

    All the above steps would be done at the same time, then recombined into a single feed that could be electronically sent anywhere, immediately.


    Search Challenges


    The trick for the Yahoo Search Developers Network will be to create search tools that can:

  • Differentiate between digital and analog images;

  • Find images that have been created with simul-synch, direct images, or photoshopping;

  • Rank order photo quality based on sunlight washout; surrounding color quality; and pixel fidelity;

  • Find-and-report feeds containing images with specific image-production attributes; and

  • Find products that have multiple feeds: Text, audio, images, conference side discussions, presentation material, other notes; then deliver a portion or all of these feeds into an integrated display for searching or retransmission.


  • Summary

    What I've described is a one-shot analog camera that is light-weight, and doesn't have a bulky zoom lens. Rather, it takes simultaneous images with various masks and zooms; then combines these images making them available in a feed for searching.

    What's needed is a method to block out the sun to capture the clouds; zoom into the area of interest; then combine all three different views into a single analog image-feed.


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  • Summary

    Outlines an image technology concept that Yahoo Search Developer Network may want to plan for when developing new search tools.

    Discussion

    Ever see a special sunset, but when you get the pictures back . . .

    I've been thinking about digital cameras, zoom lenses, XML feeds, and photoediting. I've noticed some things about images that seem like things could be improved.

    Look at the images of sunsets, and look at this sunset. Notice a couple of things:

  • The sun is small, very far away in the image
  • The clouds are not showing up
  • It is grainy


    SunBlocked Out

    What if there was a way to do two things:

  • Have a system to block out the sun, so that the surrounding clouds would appear?

  • Have a method to make the sun bigger?

    Telephoto lenses can be really bulky adding to weight.

    Cameras, lights, and screens

    Think of your digital camera as a platform that can introduce masks over the sunlight; and a platform that can zoom into an area of interest.

    What's needed is the ability to capture the surrounding landscape, using light screens. Then the camera would combine these images into a single XML feed that could be sent immediately along a wifi or mobile connection to anyone worldwide.


    XML Sunset Feed

    Multi-exposure analog camera


    Here's the idea

    What's needed is an hand-held camera that will do the following things, all at the same time:

  • Enlarge the area of interest;

  • Block out the direct sunlight to capture the colors on the clouds;

  • Take a second image of the colorful sky, clouds without the washout from the sun; then

  • Recombine the colorful image with the zoomed image.

    That way, the sun fills the image; the clouds are still visible; the sun is not so bright that it washes everything out.

    There would be no bulky zoom lens.

    What's needed

  • Analog

    Notice the original sunset image was really grainy. When we take pictures and print them we have pixels. Also think about signals along a sine wave. We can use estimates, or actual values.

    There are night vision scopes that are not grainy and very clear in detail and color.

    The idea is to use an electronic capture of the image that moves from the point-estimate, to a more specific estimate along an analog signal-wave.

    We would move from digital-capture-estimates, to one that captures greater detail as it is more specific and offers a higher level of fidelity, like an improved sound system, but for your eyes.

  • Analog zoom

    The trick would be to zoom into the area of interest without needing a zoom-lens, but to zoom into the analog image as it was captured.

    A small object far away would be bigger, not because of a zoom lens, but because our camera expanded the analog signal of that object. Say goodbye to pixels.

    Because the image-signal is not digital but analog, there wouldn't be a problem with "small pixels getting really big" when the system automatically enlarged the image.

  • Screening

    Blocking out the sun is easy. There are systems that can identify light intensities and objects. These systems could be integrated with a masking-technique that blocks out the sun from specific areas; or denies the light from a specific source.

    Let's look at one example If you see an image of a comet going around the sun, notice they'll block out the sun, and the surrounding objectives are distinct.

    What this camera would do is add a screen over the sun so that you could still capture the nice cloud colors, details, and patterns around the sun.

  • Simul-Synched capture

    The system would simultaneously capture multiple images with different screens, emphasis and zooms. Your analog camera would do your photo editing before you finished your picture.

    Simul-synched in short for "Simultaneous synchronization" of multiple different images at the same time, then recombining these different elements into the single finished image.

  • Integrated on XML feeds

    All the above steps would be done at the same time, then recombined into a single feed that could be electronically sent anywhere, immediately.


    Search Challenges


    The trick for the Yahoo Search Developers Network will be to create search tools that can:

  • Differentiate between digital and analog images;

  • Find images that have been created with simul-synch, direct images, or photoshopping;

  • Rank order photo quality based on sunlight washout; surrounding color quality; and pixel fidelity;

  • Find-and-report feeds containing images with specific image-production attributes; and

  • Find products that have multiple feeds: Text, audio, images, conference side discussions, presentation material, other notes; then deliver a portion or all of these feeds into an integrated display for searching or retransmission.


  • Summary

    What I've described is a one-shot analog camera that is light-weight, and doesn't have a bulky zoom lens. Rather, it takes simultaneous images with various masks and zooms; then combines these images making them available in a feed for searching.

    What's needed is a method to block out the sun to capture the clouds; zoom into the area of interest; then combine all three different views into a single analog image-feed.


    LEGAL NOTICE


    Creative Commons License

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

    You may not copy any of this work to promote a commercial product on any site or medium in the universe.

    If you see this work posted on a commercial site, it violates the creative commons license; and the author does not endorse the commercial product.

    Free to use for non-commercial uses. Link to this original blogspot and cite as .
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