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Citizen Surveillance: A Topic Fraught With Contentiousness

Last weekend, I spent a few hours catching up on some recent-past television recordings. As usual, I was multitasking, but I put the magazines and laptop aside when one particular segment from the September 25th edition of 60 Minutes appeared on-screen. Entitled "The Counter-Terrorism Bureau", here's how the show's website describes it: Scott Pelley brings …

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Microsoft Robotics Studio 4: A Beta That Moves Kinect-Based Embedded Vision Forward

Back in early August on this site, as well as a few weeks later in BDTI's monthly email newsletter, I mentioned that Microsoft had recently made two notable embedded vision announcements: Releasing the Kinect SDK for Windows Beta in mid-June, followed by Unveiling the Kinect Services suite for Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3 in mid-July …

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Emotions In Motion: Sentiment Discernment Comes to Embedded Vision

I suspect that at least some of you are also subscribers to BDTI's InsideDSP monthly email newsletter and, as such, may have already seen the editorial in yesterday's edition from company president (and Embedded Vision Alliance founder) Jeff Bier. The title, 'I Know How You Feel,' is a clever teaser to the subject matter inside; …

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Microsoft’s Kinect: Designed For Inevitable Consumer Neglect (Plus A Today-Only Promotion You Should Inspect)

The IEEE Hot Chips Conference has historically been a can't-miss event for me each year, but I wasn't able to attend this year's 23rd iteration held last week. Tipped off by a 'tweet' from a former co-worker, I realized too late that Microsoft was on the program, discussing the objectives and implementation of the Kinect …

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Facial Recognition: Is Caricature The Key To Accurate Cognition?

To wrap up the week, I'd like to pass along a fascinating article I read a few days ago in the latest print edition of Wired Magazine. Entitled 'What Caricatures Can Teach Us About Facial Recognition,' it begins with the valid observation that the science of surveillance system-based facial recognition rapidly gained in importance after …

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Automotive Vision: Eliminating Human Error From The Navigation Equation

In October 2009, on the way back from running a half marathon in San Jose, CA, I encountered a first-of-season snow storm on I80 just east of the highway 20 interchange (an area known as Yuba Gap, for folks familiar with the region). Although the posted speed limit was 65 mph, given the conditions I'd …

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Facial Detection On Sony’s PlayStation Move And Apple’s iOS 5: Embedded Vision Continues To Thrive

If you're a software coder interested in doing embedded vision development, you're unfortunately (as mentioned last Friday) not going to be able to use the official Kinect SDK unless you target Windows 7 (and only Windows 7). Granted, you've got other options; if Kinect is your target hardware foundation, there's always the open-source community to …

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Microsoft Kinect SDK Released, Robotics Developer Studio Kit Resurrected

As noted in a news entry on on July 27, Microsoft's Craig and Don Mattrick (president of the Interactive Entertainment Business unit), announced at TechForum on February 21 the company's planned release of a non-commercial Kinect SDK later that spring. Developed by Microsoft Research in collaboration with IEB, this free download was intended to "give …

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Facial Recognition: Increasing Adoption, Coupled With Privacy-Fueled Rebellion

As yesterday's post noted, embedded vision applications are rapidly broadening their reach beyond historical niches into widespread-adoption areas. Sometimes, this expansion occurs with the enthusiastic support of those being affected by it. Other times, though, the reaction isn't quite as sanguine. Such is the seeming case with facial recognition, which is the topic of an …

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Avatar Kinect Hits The Xbox LIVE Marketplace: Facial Recognition Becomes Commonplace

Speaking of the Xbox 360…yesterday, Microsoft released Avatar Kinect, a capability first unveiled at Microsoft's early-January Consumer Electronics Show keynote and free to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers (and to all Xbox 360 users through September 8) from Kinect Fun Labs. The Xbox 360 user interface has incorporated user-customizable Avatars since mid-November 2008; here's what currently …

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