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See MIT's Reflection Removing Algorithm in Action!

MIT researchers have created an algorithm that removes reflections from photos taken through windows and now, they have a video showing the technology in action.

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The problem with taking photographs through windows is that reflections can spoil the shot but thanks to MIT researchers, this could be something we no longer have to worry about.

The researchers have created an algorithm that can be used to remove reflections from images and now they have a video showing the new technology in action. We did actually first cover the reflection removing algorithm news back in May but thanks to the video, we now know a little bit more about the photo taking process as well as the technology used. 

Rather than capturing just one frame, the video shows the photographer taking a short sequence of images while moving the camera ever so slightly between frames. The algorithm can then detect the differences between what the photographer actually wants to photograph and the reflection / obstruction and separate them to produce a reflection-free image. 


Left: Original image, Right: After the algorithm has done its magic. 


As well as windows, the algorithm can remove fences from shots, which makes it rather useful at zoos and wildlife parks where fences often get in the way of a good photo. Plus, the algorithm can also show a clear image of what the reflection is. For example, in the video, an image was captured from inside a room through a window and the algorithm was not only capable of removing the reflection to show a clear view of the street outside but it also captured the room reflection as if a camera was pointed at it. 

There's no mention of when or if this technology will be available in consumer products so for now, you'll have to stick to using polarising filters when you're capturing your photos through glass in museums. 


MIT reflection removal algorithm in action

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