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Stanford and Intel Test the Boundaries of Visual Computing

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Researchers from Intel and Stanford University are collaborating on a five-year, $10 million project to advance the field of visual computing. "We will focus on visual computing, user experience, and user interaction, with a range of devices that will emerge in the next decade," says Stanford professor Pat Hanrahan. The research is part of a broader $100 million project, funded by Intel and involving several U.S. universities, to promote innovation in computing and communications.

The Stanford researchers hope to develop more advanced cell phone cameras, collaborative video games, and life-like computer simulations. "Furthermore, these ever faster, more powerful computers will mean the realism is real time," Hanrahan says. He says the research also could have applications in crowdsourcing and law enforcement.

In the future, "our whole lives will be augmented and social networking will get more social," Hanrahan says. "Facebook might become a virtual world where we meet with friends online."

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