May 2012

May 30, 2012

The Evolution Of Gesture Interfaces: Leap Motion Achieves A Press Coverage Clean Sweep

We in the embedded vision industry live in amazing times, I'm regularly (and thankfully) reminded. Not a single day goes by lately that I'm not archiving an information tidbit (or, usually, multiple ones) for future consideration in a news writeup, an article, or a video interview.
May 27, 2012

RecognizeMe: Underwhelming Facial Recognition, As Least Initially

Back in early April, I mentioned a facial recognition program called RecognizeMe, available for "jailbroken" Apple iOS-based hardware. I went ahead and dropped $2.99 on the program, then installed it on my fourth-generation iPod touch and two iPhone 4s (AT&T and Verizon); my first-generation iPad doesn't have a front-facing camera and is therefore not a testing candidate.
May 24, 2012

Don't Use Samsung's New Smart TVs While Standing In Front Of A Window

Samsung's new webcam-implemented, function-augmented televisions may be controversial from a privacy standpoint, and may be sluggish and otherwise underwhelming on their operation.
May 24, 2012

The IEEE: Covering Embedded Vision Extensively

I've mentioned embedded vision coverage in various IEEE publications before, most notably in IEEE Spectrum but also in some of the more technical journals. I'm impressed with, and inspired by, the Society's obvious enthusiasm for this burgeoning technology, and the IEEE has been particularly prolific the past several months.
May 23, 2012

A Free Embedded Vision Webcast: Register Now, It's Coming Up Fast!

Jeff Bier, founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance and co-founder and President of BDTI, will be presenting a webcast (developed in partnership with Vision Systems Design Magazine) on Tuesday, June 5. Here's a short description: What You'll Learn:
May 23, 2012

SceneTap: A Face Detection Privacy Flap

Back in September of last year, I introduced you to SceneTap, a service that uses webcams to provide a dynamically updated count of how many people are currently in a bar, restaurant, etc...along with estimates of male-to-female and age ratios, thereby implementing not only human face detection but also rudimentary face recognition (gender and age, but not specific-individual identification).
May 21, 2012

Microsoft's Kinect SDK v1.5: Now Live

It seems like just last week that I was mentioning, in a Kinect-themed introductory letter to the Embedded Vision Insights newsletter, that version 1.5 of the Kinect for Windows SDK was queued up for release by month end. Actually, it was just last week.
May 13, 2012

Image Analysis With Cloud-Based Cerebral Cortex Assistance

I've gotten various writeups on this particular topic forwarded to me by several Embedded Vision Alliance contacts in the last several weeks, beginning with my boss and most recently including TI's Brian Carlson, so I'm apparently supposed to write about it ;-) And after doing the research, I've decided that New York University's Inter
May 10, 2012

Makeup Selection: An Embedded Vision-Based Determination

As I've mentioned before (several times, in fact, along with publishing a demonstration video), various embedded vision-based systems are now appearing that assist you in selec
May 10, 2012

Gesture Interfaces Via Sound: Clever Ideas Abound

File this one under "cool concept; unclear implementation fit." Microsoft Research and the University of Washington have partnered to develop SoundWave, a proof-of-concept system that leverages a computer's microphone and speaker combo to implement rudimentary gesture control. Doppler shifts, akin to those harnessed by sonar and astronomers, are at the root of the scheme.