Worth your time.
Worth your time.
In 1964 the RAND corporation unveiled the GRAIL Project. GRAIL was an early example of a GUI, and (the first?) example of a tablet.
The system used a programming language called GrailLanguage, which was a high-level flowchart-based programming language. All programs were written graphically and with a pen, using character recognition for statements and shape recognition for flow control.
Watch this video and tell me that the best new talent is working on Groupon for Babies or a better way to share photos.
An interesting article at FastCompany about PlaceRaider, an experimental smartphone trojan designed by Indiana University and the U.S. Navy. It’s Android malware designed to build 3-D models of users’ apartments.
PlaceRaider, which was summarized in a recent arXiv paper, is a piece of “visual malware” which smartphone cameras, accelerometers, and gyroscopes, to reconstruct victims’ rooms and offices. As pictures are uploaded onto the central server, they are knitted together into a 3D model of the indoor location where the pics were taken.
How Rethink Robotics Built Its New Baxter Robot Worker
ROS is everywhere these days…
Some really great work out of MSR.
Combination Depth Camera/Projector/IMU allows for some really novel interactions.
Worth a look.
A very cool SIGGRAPH ’04 paper on automatic colorization using marked images. A fairly simple algorithm with very impressive results.
One of the authors of this paper is also an author of the recently quite popular ‘Depixelizing Pixel Art’.
Definitely worth a look.
This is a teaser video showing real-time 3d scene reconstruction being performed using a single Xbox Kinect.
It’s worth a watch. As far as I can see there’s no paper publicly available yet.
For anyone who wants to try something similar at home, Nicolas Burrus’ RGBDemo has a scene reconstruction function that is fun to play with.
At Google IO 2011 Ryan Hickman, Damon Kohler, Ken Conley, Brian Gerkey gave an interesting talk about robotics work that was occurring at Google.
If you’re interested in robotics at all I really think it’s worth a look. The gist of the first half of the talk is that cloud based services for object recognition and perception allow computing power to be moved off the robot and into the cloud. This allows information sharing between robots and can leverage tougher computing problems using the massive power available in the cloud.
During the second half of the talk Damon Kohler spoke about his work to get robotics and sensors available to the average hobbyist through the use of Android and other commodity hardware (including the Kinect!).
Some of the projects referenced in the video have been previously linked on this blog.
It’s great to see hobbyist hackers recognised.
He announced rosjava, a port of ROS (Robotic Operating System) to Java to run natively on Android.
Combined with the Android Open Accessories Development Kit, I can see some really interesting applications and excuses to buy new hardware… And it’s all open source!