1. Learning in the virtual space

The combination of video technologies and virtual reality is actively used in the oil industry. Yes, VR content comfortable be used for visual training of employees. Workers can go through a step-by-step quest with the connection of devices at the enterprise in order to quickly and safely hone the necessary skills.

Virtual worlds are not easy to design, but the result is worth the effort. Some specialists considerthat the tool helps to learn new skills faster due to the presence effect. To create virtual reality experts study audience requests, analyze how the image will look on both screens of the glasses, and find ways to prevent motion sickness, which may occur in some users. In addition, experts deliberately create videos that last no more than half an hour. In their opinion, during this time the user will not lose concentration.

2. Virtual fitting rooms

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If 20 years ago, buyers evaluated things, standing on a rug in a market stall, now it is not necessary to leave the house to select clothes. Augmented reality will help you understand if a shirt, jeans, shoes, and even makeup.

In order to try on a thing, you only need a smartphone. For example, to evaluate how brand new sneakers will look, the buyer enough turn on the camera and aim it at your feet. To make the «fitting» realistic, the neural network finds the key points to which the image needs to be transferred. Evaluate whether the shoes are comfortable on the leg, so it will not work, but you can figure out how the new thing will be combined with the wardrobe.

3. The rebirth of the stars and holographic shows

The technology to help celebrities perform from the comfort of their homes dates back to the mid-2000s and is constantly improving. The audience watched the performance of Kate Moss at one of the Alexander McQueen shows, watched the performances of the virtual singer Miku Hatsune, who still gives concerts. Now on stage can see even deceased celebrities: for example, Whitney Houston, Roy Orbison and Amy Winehouse. A holographic performance is similar to a movie show: a video with a person is projected onto the thinnest film.

This application of technology has opponents who «call» similar activities are digital necromancy. Sometimes the stars completely forbade the use of their images after death. So did Robin Williams. At the same time, some actors, on the contrary, strive to create digital copies while they remain in their prime. And sometimes they even sell copyrights to copy themselves in order to provide for their heirs in the future.

To find out what else modern video technologies are capable of, the career guidance conference for schoolchildren «IT Knowledge Day», which will be held by VK on October 21, will help. In lectures, experts will tell you how video experts are changing the digital worlds. Children will learn how to start their journey in IT, and get acquainted with the skills and services necessary for work.

Lectures will be held offline and via video link using VK Calls. The online broadcast will take place from 8:00 to 14:00 Moscow time, schools across Russia will be able to join it. Teachers will receive manuals in a special mini-application based on VK Mini Apps. These materials will help teachers conduct career guidance lessons on their own.

4. Recognition of faces and products on the shelves

Perhaps you use a similar technology every time you turn off the lock on your smartphone. A similar technique is used by video surveillance systems for streets, as well as commercial and industrial premises.

Face recognition helps protect citizens from threats, track down store thieves, find missing persons. With this option, you can even pass through the turnstile or pay purchases at the checkout. If the face recognition function on smartphones works with a single owner of the device, then the technology for public places can interact with dozens of passers-by at the same time. The system reads the main points on the faces: eyes, nose and mouth. Then the neural network matches them with the database and finds matches with certain people.

Video analytics can also come in handy so that replenish stocks of products in the trading floors of supermarkets. The algorithm detects voids on the shelves, captures data on the shortage of goods and sends notifications to store employees.

5. Ability to change the background during calls

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For those who work from home, it can be difficult to find a suitable background for a call. In order not to conduct business negotiations against the background of a carpet on the wall, the user of the video messenger can blur what is behind him or set a neutral image.

Many calling applications use roughly the same methodology. Artificial intelligence finds person and, as it were, separates him from the background. The algorithm is trained to distinguish all parts of the body and details down to the hair. Blurring the background works in almost any environment, but there is a catch with replacing the background. Although this option is implemented in much the same way as bluer, application creators notethat it performs best with a green screen. It helps artificial intelligence not be distracted by the contrasting background behind the user and provides the clearest possible picture. However, if there is no special green screen, you can try to get a one-color wall.


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