Shutterstock Launches "View in Room" Augmented Reality for Mobile
New virtual reality experience allows iOS app users to visualise how an image from Shutterstock’s collection would look in real life.
Shutterstock today announced the launch of its first Augmented Reality (AR) feature, available on the Shutterstock customer iOS application. The latest update to the iOS application includes a new "View in Room" button that allows users to access their camera phone and virtually position any of Shutterstock’s 250 million images against the wall in a room of their choosing.
Shutterstock’s in-house mobile team leveraged the iOS ARKit framework to create this virtual reality experience, enabling customers to interact with the expansive Shutterstock collection in a whole new way. Shutterstock customers are increasingly using the collection in the form of in-home, in-store or in-office artwork, for retail spaces or for restaurant decor. Now, rather than imagining how a new image would look hanging on their wall, they can bring their imagination one step closer to reality by simply using the Shutterstock app to position an image virtually in a room before licencing.
"We have been committed to experimenting with cutting-edge technologies for over fifteen years. After years of advancing our in-house computer vision technology to enhance search capabilities on web and mobile, we are very excited to announce our first AR-powered mobile viewing experience for customers," said Jon Oringer, Founder and CEO of Shutterstock. "This is yet another great project to have been developed from its initial iteration at our annual employee Hackathon, Hack to the Future. We decided to put this hack into production because of its potential to have an immediate customer impact."
With the Shutterstock customer app, users can click a button called "View in Room" which will switch to camera mode. By holding the camera up to the wall, the app will identify the wall space and populate the image directly onto the wall. The user can then adjust the size to get a better idea of what the image would look like on the wall.
The "View in Room" tool is available on the Shutterstock Customer iPhone application in the app store today.
Notre Dame Historical Images from Granger
With the tragic fire of yesterday, Granger has put together a selection of historical images of the great cathedral to put it in context.
You can see the selection here, including both photographs and illustrations:
Notre Dame de Paris
Website: Granger Historical Images
4Corners Shows New Pictures of Sri Lanka
4Corners Images constantly uploads brand new curated content from travel destinations around the world – this month bringing lovely shots of that wonderful country.
Some of the most recent images were shot in faraway Sri Lanka, from where Ben Pipe brought back spectacular shots of the Duruthu Perahera January full moon celebrations in the island’s capital Colombo and of Jaffna, in the island’s Northern Province, for a very long time off-limits to the island’s visitors.
Image:©Ben Pipe/4Corners Images
You can see selected new images of Sri Lanka by 4Corners photographers Ben Pipe and Jeremy Flint here.
This story courtesy of BAPLA
Mary Evans Collection of the Week - Muriel Dawson
Muriel Dawson (1897-1974) was born in New Zealand to Scottish parents, but moved back to the UK in 1913. She studied art at Richmond School of Art and later the Royal College and found work as an illustrator from the early 1920s.
Muriel enjoyed rural life and spent time living in Sussex and Dartmoor before finally returning to her Scottish roots and settling in the remote Shetland Islands, where she spent the final years of her life. During the 1920s and 1930s her work had been familiar to thousands. As well as illustrating a number of books, Dawson contributed hundreds of pictures for the front cover of weekly magazine Woman’s Pictorial from the 1920s through to the 1940s. Her colourful drawings of children were beautifully observed and affectionate.
Her archive also includes several small sketch books, filled with pencil drawings, mainly of children and babies but also mothers with their offspring, as well as dogs, cats and a number of fine flower and plant paintings, demonstrating her deep love of nature subjects. Even the simplest figures show a wonderfully fluid style and an eye for capturing movement, emotion and tenderness. Frequent annotations record thoughts about improvements to the drawings or are snippets of conversation with the children that have struck Muriel as amusing or poignant.
Mary Evans’ staff have whittled down nearly a thousand images to an edit of 100 that you can view here. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for or would like to discuss a project, drop them a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8318 0034.
Henry Diltz Music Photography from GIW
Global ImageWorks reveals that in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Southern California hosted a renaissance-style music scene that was as exciting then as it is influential today.
Henry Diltz was a full-fledged and willing participant in this scene. As a founding member of The Modern Folk Quartet, Henry’s roots as a musician coupled with his agreeable demeanour allowed him to capture images of his musician friends that convey a rare feeling of trust and intimacy.
For the past five decades Henry has been documenting music history. As a visual historian, Henry’s photographs have graced iconic album covers and are regularly featured in books, magazines, newspapers and documentary films.
GIW Photos is actively licencing Henry Diltz Photography for use in all media.
To search Henry’s photos visit: https://photos.globalimageworks.com and search for “Diltz”.
If you want more information about using one of Henry’s photographs in your project contact, Cathy@globalimageworks.com