Surface Computing

七月 20th, 2007

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. :)

Pros:
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YouTube link to: Pros
Cons:
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YouTube link to: Cons

Transformer Toy

七月 5th, 2007

Optimus Prime Mr. Potato Head
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.

Korean in-home Servant Robot

六月 17th, 2007

Korean House Helper Robot

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.

Read more at gizmag.com…

Beer pouring robot

六月 13th, 2007

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.

A framework for robot self-discovery

六月 12th, 2007

Domo

A developmental
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.

Click to read the full paper

六月 3rd, 2007

Viola Joines Face Detector
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.

Check it out

Clocky – the run-away robotic alarm clock

五月 2nd, 2007

Clocky the run-away alarm clock

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

Fast SIFT tracking

五月 1st, 2007

Two interesting papers on using SIFT features for tracking.
SIFT tracking

Robot shopping carts follow you around

四月 23rd, 2007

A shopping cart that follows you around, built by University of Florida student

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Free Broadband wireless

四月 1st, 2007

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”.

Free Wireless

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Happy 4.1. :)