Microsoft has acquired start up Numinous Technologies, which specialises in mathematical approaches to computer graphics, for an undisclosed sum.
Numinous is the spin off of a project undertaken by David Salesin and his students at the University of Washington to develop a search engine for large image databases.
Multiresolution Image Querying enables users to search an image database by drawing a rough sketch of the object of desire and retrieving all similar images.
The team also developed technology to improve colour printing by enabling users to select the right types of ink for every print.
Numinous was set up in 1996 with funding from the Washington Research Foundation, but will now be absorbed into the Microsoft Research Group. As a part of the deal Microsoft will also license several technologies related to the acquisition that were developed at Washington University.
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