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Kinect For Windows Advancements: 3-D Modeling And JavaScript Projects

As I've discussed in a number of past news writeups, Microsoft has now broadened its vision for the Kinect 3-D camera (and microphone array) system beyond its Xbox 360 game console origins to also encompass computer interfaces, thereby formalizing a relationship that existed from Kinect's earliest days courtesy of the hacker community. PC-optimized hardware began

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September 2012 Embedded Vision Summit Presentation: “Introduction to Embedded Vision,” Jeff Bier, Embedded Vision Alliance

Jeff Bier, Founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance and co-founder and president of BDTI, presents the day-opening "Introduction to Embedded Vision" tutorial at the September 2012 Embedded Vision Summit. Topics discussed by Bier in his presentation include a technology overview, application examples, hardware, software and development tool trends, and an overview of the Embedded Vision

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Samsung And Google’s Galaxy Nexus: A Facial Recognition Work In Progress

I've discussed several times, in past news writeups, the facial recognition-based unlock capabilities built into Google's Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich". Reading others' reviews gives only a secondhand perspective on a technology or product; a personal hands-on analysis is the preferable approach. So it was that I recently was able to borrow a Google-branded, Samsung-developed

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Face.com’s Acquisition: Good For Facebook, Not So Much For Broader Facial Recognition Industry Ambitions

Back in mid-April, I devoted a news writeup to the latest developments at facial recognition algorithm developer Face.com, focusing in particular on the API that the company provided for third-party developer leverage, often free of charge. Those bountiful-technology days, unfortunately, have come and gone. A month ago, Facebook decided to acquire Face.com for an unannounced

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The Next-Generation Microsoft Kinect: Inching Ever Closer To Perfect?

Last November, rumors began circulating in cyberspace regarding the next-generation Microsoft Kinect peripheral…that it would be, for example, accurate enough to read the lips of people sitting in front of it, along with delivering improved motion tracking and voice recognition (the latter by virtue of the camera peripheral's integrated microphone array), and being "able to

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Face Detection For Obscenity Prevention

Another day, another facial recognition-fueled controversy…although strictly speaking, this one involves less-complex face detection, not age, race, gender or specific-identity recognition…at least not yet, that is. The more "wired" among you may recall a short-lived (but technically still alive) Internet craze called Chatroulette. Via the aptly-named website, you were randomly connected with someone else on

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RecognizeMe: Underwhelming Facial Recognition, As Least Initially

Back in early April, I mentioned a facial recognition program called RecognizeMe, available for "jailbroken" Apple iOS-based hardware. I went ahead and dropped $2.99 on the program, then installed it on my fourth-generation iPod touch and two iPhone 4s (AT&T and Verizon); my first-generation iPad doesn't have a front-facing camera and is therefore not a

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SceneTap: A Face Detection Privacy Flap

Back in September of last year, I introduced you to SceneTap, a service that uses webcams to provide a dynamically updated count of how many people are currently in a bar, restaurant, etc…along with estimates of male-to-female and age ratios, thereby implementing not only human face detection but also rudimentary face recognition (gender and age,

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Microsoft’s Kinect SDK v1.5: Now Live

It seems like just last week that I was mentioning, in a Kinect-themed introductory letter to the Embedded Vision Insights newsletter, that version 1.5 of the Kinect for Windows SDK was queued up for release by month end. Actually, it was just last week. And although Microsoft's late-March blog post announcing the news had indicated

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Makeup Selection: An Embedded Vision-Based Determination

As I've mentioned before (several times, in fact, along with publishing a demonstration video), various embedded vision-based systems are now appearing that assist you in selecting which clothing (and what sizes of that clothing) you should purchase. Thanks to Engadget, I'm able to now tell you that Fujitsu has taken fashion to the next level.

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Improve Perceptual Video Quality: Skin-Tone Macroblock Detection

By Paula Carrillo, Akira Osamoto, and Adithya K. Banninthaya Texas Instruments Accurate skin-tone reproduction is important in conventional still and video photography applications, but it's also critical in some embedded vision implementations; for accurate facial detection and recognition, for example. And intermediary lossy compression between the camera and processing circuitry is common in configurations that

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