In a video interview, Noel Sharkey, professor of robotics and AI at the University of Sheffield, discusses developments in robotics and ethical issues: which robots are most interesting, what are their limitations, what countries have the most robots, and which robots will have the most serious impact?
September 23, 2009
“AlSight Cognitive Video Analytics,” an autonomous video-surveillance system tbat uses cognitive learning engines and computer vision to process visual data on a level similar to the human brain, has been developed by BRS Labs.
It is used to protect global critical infrastructure assets, including major international hotels, banking institutions, seaports, nuclear facilities, airports and dense urban areas plagued by criminal activity.
Thwapr lets mobile phone users share photos and videos via SMS (texting) — no app required, and supports 169 mobile handsets, as well as PCs and Macs.
October 26, 2007
Researchers at Accenture Technology Labs in France have developed the “Pocket Supercomputer,” which automatically identifies objects in a video, using any ordinary 3G cellphone equipped with a video camera.
Live video footage is fed from the cellphone to a central server, which rapidly matches on-screen objects to images previously entered into a database, using a scale-invariant feature transform algorithm. The server then sends relevant information back to… read more
March 13, 2008
Andrew M. Odlyzko, a professor at the University of Minnesota, estimates that digital traffic on the global network is growing about 50 percent a year, fueled by the increasing visual richness of online communications and entertainment — video clips and movies, social networks and multiplayer games.
But it basically corresponds to the improvements that technology is giving us, he says, as router computers for relaying data get faster, fiber… read more
January 13, 2005
University of Washington researchers are working to more closely integrate the paper world with the world of electronic data.
Their system uses a computer and overhead video camera to track physical documents on a desk and automatically link them to appropriate electronic documents.
The paper-tracking system allows users to pinpoint the location of a given document within a stack of documents on the desktop. Users can find documents… read more
July 22, 2008
Argo Medical Technologies’ ReWalk exoskeleton system allows people with paralyzed legs to walk.
ReWalk comprises a light wearable brace support suit with DC motors at the joints, rechargeable batteries, an array of sensors and a computer-based control system. It fits the body snugly to detect upper body movements, which are used to initiate and maintain the walking process.
April 8, 2011
Two Canadian university research programs have found significant improvements in hand motion and strength in stroke patients.
The glove allows patients to exercise in their own homes with minimal supervision. Patients can monitor their own progress using software to generate 3D models… read more
“Gamers see the world differently,” said Greg Appelbaum, an assistant professor of psychiatry in the Duke School of Medicine. “They are able to extract more information from a visual scene.”
In… read more
November 1, 2013
Playing the Super Mario 64 video game causes increased size in brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning as well as fine motor skills, a new study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charité University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus has found.
The positive effects of video gaming may also be useful in therapeutic interventions targeting psychiatric disorders.
To investigate… read more
December 8, 2004
With the success of podcasting — which lets anyone subscribe to and play back audio feeds on an iPod — the natural next step is technology that can do the same with video.
May 3, 2005
Quantum cryptography has been sped up to the point that it can be used to secure video conferencing, currently over a distance of about 120 kilometers.
Scientists from Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Laboratory have invented a system capable of generating 100 quantum keys every second, each consisting of 128 bits. This is fast enough for every individual frame of video to be protected by its own encryption.
August 21, 2009
The first video-in-print ads, using chips and thin screens around the size of mobile phone displays, will appear in select copies of Entertainment Weekly magazine in September and hold 40 minutes of video.
The first clips will be promos for CBS programs and Pepsi.