While I'm on the subject of great advancements in visual technologies, here's another project (also out of the University of Washington!) that's quite amazing, although this one can potentially lead to much more dire consequences.The idea behind this paper and accompanying video is that by combining video with a few photographs of the filmed area, you can enhance or change the video in very convincing ways. Enhancement can include increasing film resolution, HDR, and outright film manipulation on the order of removing objects or completely replacing pieces with alternate content. Watch the video for a good idea of what this is all about.
Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scenefrom pro on Vimeo.