Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Google Reveals 'Time Machine' to Explore Space and Time

Google has developed a 'Time Machine' with which one can concurrently explore space and time at tremendously elevated resolutions. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have powers the most recent browser technology to generate GigaPan Time Machine, a system that allows spectators to discover gigapixel-scale, high-resolution videos and image series by berating or zooming in and out of the images whereas at once poignant back and forth through time.

Users can use the structure to spotlight in on the information of a booth surrounded by a panorama of a carnival halfway, but also quash time to see how the booth was erected. Or they can gaze at a group of plants sprout, cultivate and flower, shifting viewpoint to observe some plants budge outrageously as they produce while others get eaten by caterpillars. Or, they can scrutiny a computer simulation of the early universe, viewing the gravity functions across 600 million light-years to compact topic in to filaments and lastly in to stars that can be seen by zooming in for a close up.

"With GigaPan Time Machine, you can at the same time explore space and time at tremendously high resolutions," said Illah Nourbakhsh, associate professor of robotics and head of the CREATE Lab.

"Science has always been about tightening your point of view by choosing a meticulous experiment or observation that you think might offer imminent. But this system guarantees what we call comprehensive science, incarcerating enormous amounts of data that can then be explored in astonishing ways," added Nourbakhsh.

An enabling technology for time-lapse GigaPans is a feature of the HTML5 language that has been incorporated into such browsers as Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari. HTML5, the latest revision of the HyperText Markup Language (HTML) standard that is at the core of the Internet, makes browsers capable of presenting video content without use of plug-ins such as Adobe Flash or Quicktime.

When the Time Machine GigaPan has been developed, users will able to interpret and save their explorations of it in the form of video ‘Time Warps.’

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