HBO’s Silicon Valley startup, Pied Piper becomes a reality at TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon, 2015
Piper Pied, a startup idea presented at TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon yesterday is a knock-off from “Pied Piper” which appears in popular HBO’s sitcom – Silicon Valley.
Brother and sister duo, Peter Ma and Nancy Ghaly worked on a similar lossless compression algorithm for online images as shown in the HBO’s show. Richard Hendriks, CEO of Pied Piper in the sitcom, blew off the audience with his compression algorithm at the fictional TechCrunch disrupt in season 1 last year.
Peter Ma, a rapid prototype consultant in the Bay Area, talks about a conversation he had with his sister on the way to Disrupt,
“We were just talking about shows we watch and ideas for the Hackathon and Nancy kept saying,‘what about Pied Piper, what about that? Is that possible?’ Then I was like ‘you know that’s not too bad.”
The startup’s algorithm while compressing the quality of the image keeps the main focus such as a face at high quality. This way, it reduces the image size such that the lower quality is not noticeable to the human eye.
We are soon to witness Datageddon – a coming “dark future” where “there will be nothing short of a catastrophe — data shortages, data rationing, data black markets.” Datageddon is a real deal which was also mentioned in HBO’s sitcom. In such times, this type of lossless compression can be helpful in transfering and storing bigger data files in the cloud.
Let’s hope Piper Pied does not get sued for their algorithm. You can check out the lossless compression algorithm and compress your own images here.
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