Researchers at Technical University of Ilmenau in Germany have developed “diminished reality” software that can delete an object from live, full-motion video.
The software first reduces the resolution of the object, removes the image, and improves the result (similar to using a smudge tool in Photoshop), then incrementally increases the resolution, improving the result, until the original resolution is restored.
It repeats that for each frame of the video in real time, delivering the final image in 40 ms.
To remove an object, you need to draw a lasso around it. I suppose the next step is to replace the diminished object by something better using augmented reality 3D, and then build the whole thing into a pair of glasses for us to wear.
[Via Boing Boing.]