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September 24, 2011

How do you navigate a billion pixels? With a Kinect, a gigantic screen, and this student-made gesture system

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The Universe in Your Hands

by David Zax, Technology Review

Sometimes, there’s no such thing as too much visual information. An astronomer, for instance, parsing images of distant galaxies, will never complain about a picture that is too high-resolution. Neither will a microbiologist, who may need to zoom into the microscopic universe to learn more about what makes a cell work, or fail. We have the technology to take massively high resolution images today–so-called gigapixel images, those containing a billion or more pixels–but what we’ve lacked, until now, was a suitable and intuitive way to navigate those images. Samuel Cox, a masters student in digital imaging at Lincoln University, offers what may be a solution, reports The Engineer. Cox isn’t an astronomer or a biomedical student, but the system he devised might someday apply to those fields.

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/helloworld/27167/?p1=blogs

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