A team of scientists has been developing and working on a new neural network-based tool that will help any phone or device capture DSLR-like photos. WESPE, as it is named, was presented as being a new way of bringing a DSLR-like quality to any picture, and one that can also be carried around in the pocket.
The Powers of This Neural Network are Generally Available, But Still Being Tested
The team of scientists behind this latest invention is part of the Computer Vision Laboratory, ETH Zurich. They have been working on the Weakly Supervised Photo Enhancer or WESPE, a tool which should automatically adjust a photo with the purpose of increasing its quality.
To achieve this, the team created a neural network which they trained by presenting it with two photos of the same scene. While one of them was taken with a regular phone camera, the other was captured with a DSLR.
By being presented with the two examples, the AI should start learning and become capable of differentiating between them. In doing so, it would also automatically adjust the lower quality photos to give them a DSLR-like quality.
By repeating this action, the neural network then started being able to do so not only to photos it had already seen but to new images as well.
Images posted on the WESPE’s website show the significant differences between the original and altered photos. Nonetheless, they also serve to remind the user that this tool is still a work in progress.
While the changes are significant, and perhaps for the better, the photos lack a DSLR’s more natural look, and in some cases, are somewhat artificial looking. They look this way because of their oversaturated colors, have edges, or a too big contrast, for example.
However, this neural network tool is still impressive and might come to be commonly used and useful in smartphones. Those interested in trying out this assistive photo technology can already do so by accessing the online demo tool made available by the study team.
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