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Dementia – Photos Helping Trigger Memories

 

Pictures taken by a little-known photographer ‘Joseph Hardman’ between the 1930s and 1960s have found a new use helping to trigger memories and reminiscences among people with dementia.

When Joseph died in 1972, his wife donated almost 5,000 glass negatives to the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal, Cumbria.

Now the photos are used to help a group of people living with dementia using the photos as a catalyst to reminisce about their own lives in the Lake District.

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Read More of the BBC article here

 

Photo Restoration – Texture synthesis

Did you know there are complicated Algorithms and Methods involved in Photo Restoration?

Although the algorithms are never seen, from the proposed equations you can tell how complex it was to get where we are today in terms of photo restoration.

Alexei A. Efros and Thomas K. Leung (Computer Science Division – University of California, Berkeley) developed a method and algorithm that, although initially intended for texture synthesis, has proven most effective for photo restoration problems.

The algorithm allows the image gap to be filled-in recursively, inwards from the gap boundary.

The Equation:

Output(P) = V alue(Q), P ∈ Ω, Q /∈ Ω, Q = arg min d(Ψ(P), Ψ(Q))

where d(Ψ(P), Ψ(Q)) is the Sum of Squared Differences (SSD) among the patches Ψ(P) and Ψ(Q) (considering only available pixels):

d(Ψ1, Ψ2) = X i X j |Ψ1(i, j) − Ψ2(i, j)| 2

Once a pixel is filled-in, the algorithm marchs on to the next pixel at the boundary of the gap, never going back to the completed Pixel (whose value is, therefore, not altered again). The results are really impressive for a wide range of images. The main shortcomings of this algorithm are its computational cost, the selection of the neighborhood size

Photomyne App – Capture Old Photos

If you have shoe-boxes, cupboards and photo albums stuffed with old photos, an app called Photomyne can help you scan those photos, in order to bring them online where they can be saved and shared.

What makes Photomyne compelling versus the competition in this space is a combination of its technology and the user experience.

Even Photomyne’s smart scanning saves you lots of time allowing you to scan multiple photos in a single shot. No need to take photos out of the album or remove the sleeve protectors. Just point and shoot!

The app recently landed a $2.6 million round of funding to work on the app, which allows you to take a picture of an entire page in a photo album allowing the algorithm to recognize the images and enhance them automatically.

It does have it’s limitations, but if you require your photos to be restored, repaired or enhanced further, you can send them to Restorapic for a free quote.

 

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Get Photomyne on the App Store and is coming “soon” for Android.

Facebook Business Pages

What is Facebook Business Manager?

Business Manager lets businesses more securely share and control access to their advert accounts, Pages and other assets on Facebook.

Anyone in a business can see all of the Pages and advert accounts that they work on in one place, without sharing login information or being connected to their colleagues on Facebook.

When you sign in to Business Manager, it will show you a quick overview of the advert accounts and Pages that you work on
If you’re the admin for your business, go to Business Settings to add new people, Pages, advert accounts and other assets to your business

Anyone hit by roll out of the ‘Facebook Business Pages’ updates, head over to this temp help page put together: