Pix2pix Neural Network to Work in Real Time

Pix2pix is neural network that creates photos based on the user's sketch
16 August 2018   1739

Developer Zaid Alyafeai of the University of Oil and Fossils named by King Fahd created a browser version of the pix2pix system - it turns the user's sketches into photographs in real time. While the service can only redraw the cats, the facades of buildings and shoes. 

The TensorFlow.js library loads a neural network model on the user's computer - this allows to conduct calculations on the user's device. While drawing shoes or cats, the user draws a detail of the image, and the system turns it into a "photo" in real time.

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When drawing the houses, the algorithm splits the image into areas with objects of different types. For example, a roof or window will have different colors.

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Specialists from the University of California at Berkeley introduced the pix2pix algorithm based on a generative-competitive network in 2016. Initially, the authors created a system that needed to be deployed on a computer. Third-party specialists could transfer it to the browser, but the algorithm took as input only a complete sketch and worked on the server, so the service was shut down. The source code is available at GitHub.

Chrome 73 Released

Now the Android version of popular browser has Lite page mode that speeds up website download and reduces traffic consumption
13 March 2019   211

Google has released another update Chrome.

  • The Android application has Lite pages mode for optimizing pages, speeding up their loading and reducing traffic, as well as a new download manager.
  • Settings for account management and synchronization are collected in a separate section - Sync and Google services.
  • Improved video mode “picture in picture”. A floating window can now make web applications (PWA): chat rooms, instant messengers, video conferencing. And added the button "Skip advertising".
  • It is forbidden to load external resources in scripts provided by extensions. Extension developers now need to use background handlers.

The previous version was released in late January.