Thursday, October 27, 2011

Boffins Just Blew My Mind


Despite having extremely close links to the British community, I had never heard the term "boffin" until today. I shall be employing the word from now on, so please add it to your personal dictionaries. Ha.

But that's not the point of this post. According to this rather technical website, boffins are now able to insert 3D objects into old photographs. (Check out the website for some rather dull examples.) The results are so realistic that they'd fool any non-boffin's eyes.

If you clicked the link above, you might have watched a video with the yawn-inducing title, "Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs." (Those boffins sure have a way with titles!) If you didn't watch it, you should. Because this new technology is pretty darn amazing.

I started thinking about the many 3D objects I'd like to insert into old photographs. And all of the bizarre stories that might begin with a single altered photo.

In case you're wondering, this is the kind of discovery that can inspire a new book. (Not making any promises, though.)

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

you may want to read Scott Westerfields Leviathan trilogy then. It has boffins and is an incredible steampunk alternative telling of WWI

Serena loi said...

So now i can create my own bigfoot evidence?

Rachel said...

Hmmmmm boffins interesting word. I think I will be using this in my vocabulary for now on. Thanks for the funny word!

Karen said...

Hey Kirsten, could you do a post about NaNoWriMo, (National Novel Writing Month) I'm sure many of your readers would enjoy it! http://www.nanowrimo.org/ :)

Kitty said...

Great for pranks >:3

June G said...

This is really interesting. Thanks for passing this on!

Anonymous said...

WOW! That was so interesting, I am going to tell my friends about this. Thank you!

Zelia said...

That's just... speechless here.

And the boffin word is kind funny.

AlbinoPolarBear said...

Boffin. ahahaha.

EQ said...

Boffins...can you just see the little sea-birds, like puffins or penguins or those little ones that bob up and down, wearing white coats and spectacles?

And the pictures...oh, the ideas...so many wonderful ideas...

Of course, it is yet another reason for skeptics to wave off photographic evidence.