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Kinect Built Into the PC: Prototypes Suggest Inevitability

Two days from now, the PC-tailored and "close view"-supportive variant of Microsoft's Kinect will reportedly be available for sale. I've suspected ever since hearing the initial news of Microsoft's PC aspirations that the company's plans included not only a USB-tethered peripheral for existing systems but also a bezel-embedded Kinect version licensed to computer OEMs for …

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Kinect for Windows’ “Close Mode”: Firmware Seemingly Carries The Full Load

Two weeks ago, when I first wrote about Microsoft's upcoming Kinect for Windows, I wondered how substantially it'd differ from the Xbox 360-intended model, and whether the changes would reflect evolution in software, hardware or both. Shortly-thereafter coverage in Wired indicated: The Kinect for Windows unit also offers a modified USB connector and better protection …

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Camera Cognition: Finally, True Facial Recognition

Every time I discuss the topics of "facial recognition" and "digital cameras" in the same breath, Jeff Bier validly corrects me. That's because while cameras nowadays commonly do facial detection, i.e. identifying people in a scene and adjusting exposure, focus and other settings to optimize their digital image reproduction, they don't identify specific individuals… …until …

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A Living Room (Embedded) Vision: Samsung Brings Image Sensors To The Television

The persistent rumors of an impending Apple-branded television (likely integrating, among other things, the functionality of today's standalone Apple TV STB) seemingly has other consumer electronics manufacturers motivated to get out in front of the folks at One Infinite Loop, judging from the news coming out of Las Vegas. Although Logitech's Google TV experiment wasn't …

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Microsoft Kinect’s Increasingly Upbeat Fate: Sales, Hardware And Software Updates

Steve Ballmer's CES-officially-opening keynote is under way as I type this, but thanks to the liveblogs of folks such as Engadget and The Verge (not to mention the Microsoft-served live video stream), I'm able to keep up even though I'm not in attendance in Las Vegas. One tidbit that I just saw is particularly relevant …

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Apple’s iOS: Embedded Vision Developments

Back in late October, I mentioned a number of filed-and-granted Apple patents related to embedded vision. Following in the footsteps of Google and Nokia            , the company has registered patent protection for a facial recognition-based system login scheme (at least according to 9to5Mac, Cult of Mac, Engadget, MacRumors, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, and VentureBeat). Next …

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No Pudding For You! To Kids, Intel And Kraft May Be Cruel*

Facial recognition technology may not yet be able to swiftly (or for that matter, reliably regardless of speed) identify a particular person, but it's already able to do a credible job with lesser-complexity tasks, such as discerning an individual's gender, ethnicity or general age group. To the latter point, the above-pictured vending machine was co-developed …

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Facial Recognition: Bizarre Attempts To Circumvent Accuracy Of Detection

Lest you question that facial recognition technology is fraught with privacy and other concerns coming from the citizenry, the above image (not to mention those that follow) should dispel any doubts you may have. As reported at sites such as Boing Boing, MAKE Magazine and Slashdot, a New York-based designer called CV Dazzle has come …

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Facial Recognition: A Mobile Application Yearning For Stereo Vision?

As I previously mentioned in mid-October, the latest-generation Android 4 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system from Google touts (among other things) built-in support for facial recognition as a system unlock option. And as I mentioned a few days later, it…umm…doesn't yet work terribly well. Not only is its operation inherently erratic, especially in low-light settings, …

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Implementing Vision Capabilities in Embedded Systems

by Jeff Bier Founder and President, BDTI September 29, 2011 This paper was originally published at the 2011 Embedded Systems Conference Boston. Abstract—With the emergence of increasingly capable processors, it’s becoming practical to incorporate computer vision capabilities into a wide range of embedded systems, enabling them to analyze their environments via video inputs. Products like …

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