‘Sea-Thru’ Allows Scientists to Accurately Recalibrate the True Colors of Sea Life

Two researchers at the University of Haifa have developed Sea-Thru, an algorithmic method for color-correcting underwater images. The tool allows scientists—and laypeople—to understand and contextualize the “true” colors of aquatic phenomena like fish, coral, and anemones. Sea-Thru was developed by Derya Akkaynak and Tali Treibitz and is a more accurate re-reading of colors, rather than editing tones artificially in Photoshop.

In the paper’s abstract, the duo explain that the way colors come through underwater is not uniform (which is why the aforementioned Photoshop doctoring isn’t accurate). Rather, the distance from the lens and the reflectivity of the captured object determines how its colors appear. So, the way sand appears is differently modulated by the water than, say the scales on a fish passing above the sand. Sea-Thru uses an algorithm to accurately and efficiently adjust images taken underwater. Continue reading

“High-tech is ever edging away from its ecological and humanistic roots”

High-tech architecture has strayed far from its environmentally conscientious beginnings, but could rise again if it returns to them, writes Phineas Harper.

The Sainsbury Centre in Norwich weighs 5,618.6 tons. We know this because, when its architect, Norman Foster, took his former mentor Richard Buckminster Fuller to visit the project, the internationally-celebrated inventor and godfather of the high-tech movement asked: “How heavy is your building, Norman?”

Faced with a gallery proposing nothing less than a total reconceptualisation of architecture, Fuller posed a question that might seem surprisingly boring. And yet his prosaic inquiry is the kernel of the high-tech movement’s rise and, perhaps also, its fall. Continue reading

Acne Studios taps into fashion-school cool for interiors of Stockholm HQ

Acne Studios headquarters, Floragatan 13

A 1970s brutalist-style building in Stockholm is now home to Acne Studios‘ headquarters, which is decked out with furnishings by Max Lamb and huge wall-hangings by Daniel Silver.

Acne Studios‘ headquarters – which has been monikered Floragatan 13 after the street it’s located on – takes over Stockholm’s former Czechoslovakian embassy.

The building was erected in 1972 by Czech architect Jan Bočan, but has now been transformed by the brand’s in-house design team and Johannes Norlander Arkitektur to have a “fashion-school atmosphere” where new ideas are encouraged. Continue reading

‘Borrowed Time’ is a phenomenal short full of tragic moments and gorgeously animated visuals

We recently  stumbled upon this gem of a short film a few days ago and just had to share. It’ll get you all teary-eyed.

The animated short, “Borrowed Time,” is directed by Andrew Coats & Lou Hamou-Lhadj, and produced by Amanda Deering Jones with the (awesome) soundtrack supplied by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla. Gorgeously animated visuals coupled with a gut-wrenching storyline about a disheartened sheriff trying to forget a fateful tragedy of days past make the six-minute video worth a watch. Check it out! Continue reading