The SIGGRAPH conference, which takes place in Vancouver, Canada, this year, is a showcase for the latest research in computer graphics, interfaces, and design.
These images were captured using a new kind of video camera developed by Contrast Optical and the University of New Mexico that is able to mimic the human eye’s ability to capture details from both bright and dark features simultaneously. The three smaller images, right, show the output from the camera’s three digital image sensors, each of which captures a slightly different range of brightness. A system of prisms directs light from the lens onto three sensors; software combines the output from the three into one image (shown at left) that captures detail in both bright sparks and dark shadows. See a video of the camera and its output.