Smart Image Resizing Cuts The Useless Out Of Your Pics

August 23, 2007 at 13:49 Leave a comment

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Ariel Shamir of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science in Herzliya, Israel, is working on an interesting new concept: content-aware “smart” image sizing:

Retargeting is a new technology focused on solving problems with changing sizes of digital photography, while traditional crops often fails to include all elements and resize may make the image too small to distinguish, retargeting, using an algorithm, recognizes what’s relevant to the image, and column by column of pixels are removed.


It’s obviously still a work in progress, but it’s already pretty clever and seems to have a working automated mode as well as a decent user interface. With the ever-growing number of mobile devices capable of Internet browsing, this little piece of software that can work behind the scenes to dynamically re-size images (in the same way that HTML dynamically re-sizes); thus resulting in a huge range of applications.

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