New algorithm can remove your reflection from photos

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Don’t you just hate it when you take pictures of gorgeous vistas through a window, only to capture a reflection of yourself holding your phone or camera up to your face as well?

Well, soon that won’t be a problem. According to an article on Mashable, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an algorithm that can digitally remove that reflection from your pictures.

It builds on the foundation developed by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and divides the image into 8×8 blocks of pixels. It then analyses the relationship of those pixels to the ones around them, and digitally removes what it determines to be reflections.

The research is still ongoing, but it’s not impossible that it will begin appearing in photo software, cameras and smartphones within the next few years.

It can’t come fast enough, because I have a bunch of pics that would be quite nice, if it wasn’t for my big fat reflection and I assume I’m not alone in that.

[Source – Mashable, Image – Courtesy of the researchers]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.