The winners of the Nokia Imaging Wiki Competition 2013Q3 are super-stars of the Nokia Developer Community. This is the fourth article in a short series about our winners and their entries.
This article explains first how to implement an HDR engine and next how to combine Nokia Imaging SDK’s filters with HDR source images to improve images and filters, and to create new filters. We particularly liked the innovation and ambition of this article – and some of the filters/image improvements are quite striking. Best of all, Sebastiano includes his prototype app, so you can try out your own combinations and find out what works best.
Sebastiano also contributed the article Neural Network based Image Processing, which provides a generic/re-usable library for working with neural nets – very cool indeed.
Q. Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a software engineer from Sicily, working in Milan. As part of my job I’ve developed semantic search engines for the most important Italian telco and I’ve also had some experience with artificial intelligence.
I used to be a very active sportsman and passionate motorbike rider. I’m still active, but a lot less than in the past.
Computer graphics and image processing have been a passion for years – from before I started my studies. This is one reason why it was important for me to be involved in this wiki contest.
Q. How long have you been developing for Nokia platforms?
Mobile development started 4 years ago with a Nokia N97 using Qt. Since then I have remained a member of the developer community – and I’ve been particularly committed in the last two years.
Q. Have you developed many apps for Nokia devices?
I’ve developed a lot of mobile applications for Italian third party companies, some of which have had great success.
My personal project is still not published, but has been already awarded by AppCampus, Microsoft BizSpark and I was interviewed about it by the most important Italian sector magazine. Is called Shooter Assistant, an application that is the result of two years spent in research and development. It is able to analyse all athlete movement in order to help improve their performance.
Thanks to neural networks and special algorithms it is able to help you to understand your faults and how to improve. At moment is focused on clay shooting but I plan / hope to move to other sports.
I also plan to improve my contest winning HDR project with new features and to publish in the app store as soon as possible.
Q. How did you come up with the idea for your competition entry?
I’m passionate about image processing and I have always been fascinated by HDR. The contest was a great opportunity to test my knowledge and realize a prototype of an idea I had for a long time – made much easier to implement by the release the Nokia Imaging SDK.
Q. Any final thoughts?
While I believe in Windows Phone, the reason why I like to develop for Nokia platforms is the great community.
There is nothing like that on competing platforms. Great fellows, great opportunities for developers and many opportunities to have fun like this wiki competition, Nokia Capture, and Nokia Create.