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Intel Invests $100 Million in Visual Computing Research at Universities

A day after having a little publicity fun with Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am, Intel announced a $100 million investment in research at U.S. universities over the next five years, and said it will open Intel Science And Technology Centers at several universities throughout the year. The first one will be at Stanford University.

One of the priorities of the research is what Intel calls “visual computing,” which will harness Intel’s latest Core chips, which combine the traditional microprocessor and a 3-D graphics processor that until recently had generally been a separate chip. The research will be focused on applications for both consumers and professionals.

A video showing some of that research in action is below. It shows how millions of vacation photos of Rome are being used to build an incredibly realistic 3-D model of some of its most popular tourist sites.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus