The idea has been around for quite a while, but looks like Microsoft is into the game and let’s see if they can do something more with it. The demos are definitely looking pretty impressive. Check out both the pro and cons.
A fine looking toy from Hasbro.
The wacky potato is up to his usual antics, this time disguised as the fearless AUTOBOTS leader! He and his faction of taters are battling the evil DECEPTICONS. Starchy situations call for a quick change – from truck to robot! No ordinary fries, these are POTATOES IN DISGUISE!
Mix and match all the pieces to create all sorts of wacky looks! Potato body comes with mix and match OPTIMASH PRIME and potato parts.
Korea’s KornTech recently announced the arrival of Rogun, a 1-metre tall humanoid robot that walks around on 2 feet and is intended for use as a nanny/security guard. Using built-in camera eyes and some very nifty facial recognition software, Rogun is able to learn to recognise his immediate family and friends.
In light of beer can tossing robot, here’s another beer-related robot. Personally, I think this is a little less flashy than the beer can tossing robot, but it’s still cool.
progression for a humanoid robot that uses mutual information to discover controllable perceptual categories. The authors show the robot can discover its hand and subsequently its fingers. Using the framework, a
robot can expand its control over the world so that newly mastered actions can open up new realms of influence, and new realms of influence can lead to the mastery of new actions.
I finally sat down read the famous Viola Jones face detection paper – and learned a lot more than I expected. The approach they use it actually very similar to the way we are currently implementing Dexter’s vision system. They use the cascade filter framework to obtain superior speed for their face detector, we use similar approach to achieve real-time object tracking that enables object model building, as well as object affordance learning.
The run-away alarm clock is finally available for sale. I read this a couple of years ago as some crazy thing an MIT student designed. It’s just hilarious…
The alarm clock that runs away and hides when you don’t wake up. Clocky gives you one chance to get up. But if you snooze, Clocky will jump off of your nightstand and wheel around your room looking for a place to hide. Clocky is kind of like a misbehaving pet, only he will get up at the right time
Two interesting papers on using SIFT features for tracking.
- Detection and Fast Tracking of Objects
An fast object detector/tracker based on SIFT Features. It is also compared with the Haar Based Object Detector implemented in OpenCV.
- Fast Multiple Object Tracking via a Hierarchical Particle Filter
A very efficient and robust visual object tracking algorithm based on the particle filter is presented. The method characterizes the tracked objects using color and edge orientation histogram features. Experimental results demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of the algorithm for single and multiple object tracking.
A shopping cart that follows you around, built by University of Florida student
Google is announcing their free wireless broadband at home initiative. After years of research and secret work, they found the safest while the most spread out connections is, instead of electricity or telephony, sewage system that connects to your toilet.
That’s right. They also provide you a step-by-step guide on installation before you inadvertently inherit hygiene from your “most-visited seat at home”.