Glove Based Sign-to-Speech System

Gesture, Research, Technology
Glove Based Sign-to-Speech System: The EnableTalk system uses a glove-mounted microcontroller to collate information from a passel of onboard sensors—11 flex sensors, 8 touch sensors, 2 accelerometers, a compass, and a gyroscope—and transmit it wirelessly to a nearby computer or smartphone for translation into machine generated speech. (Via MAKE Magazine)
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ICAD Kinect Demos….

Arduino, Bluetooth, Canon, Computer Vision, Electronics, Gesture, Google, graphics, image recognition, Kinect, Physical Computing, Research, robotics, Ryerson University, Second Life, Technology
On May 17, 2011 Ryersons' Interactive Computing Applications and Design Group (ICAD) demonstrated their latest projects. The session starts with a demonstration of using Microsoft Kinect hardware to control a computer mouse. Next, the group shows the use of a gestural interface to control Google Earth, followed by a demo of using Kinect to control a avatar in Second Life. The session continues with a demonstration of a potential application to control a small arduino based robot over bluetooth using gestures. Following this the ICAD staff show the use of Kinect as a tracking and control mechanism for a Point-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera. This approach allows them to track up to five people without active trackers. The data from the Kinect camera is used to instruct the PTZ camera where to…
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Hide your Email from Spambots…..

Javascript, Research
Have you ever put your email online in a comment for example. Were you concerned about Spambots harvesting your email address? If so, did you use some weird trick (eg: replacing @ with "at") to try to hide your address from spambots? That's where Albion Research's Email Address Obfuscator comes in handy. Follow this link, type in your real email address in the field and click "Obfuscate". Their program will spit out two different "encodings" of your email that will be readable to humans (and clickable), but will cause havoc for email harvesting spambots. Really cool and innovative.
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Nuit Blanche: Multitorch

Art, image recognition, multitouch, Nuit Blanche, Research
Toronto Nuit Blanche was a blast. For those of you who don't know:Nuit Blanche (literally White Night or All-Nighter in French) is an annual all-night arts festival. Its exact beginning is disputed between Paris, St Petersburg, and Berlin, but, taking elements from all of these, the idea of a night-time festival of the arts has spread around the world since 1997, taking hold from Montreal to Madrid and Lima to Leeds. A Nuit Blanche will typically have museums, private and public art galleries, and other cultural institutions open and free of charge, with the centre of the city itself being turned into a de facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances (music, film, dance, performance art), themed social gatherings, and other activities.This year the local Toronto Artist and…
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Bug Labs Linux based Hardware gets major update….

bug, Research, Technology
Bug Labs announced five new BUGmodules at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. At the Bug Labs Test Kitchen the team showcased several innovative new BUG applications which fully demonstrate the endless possibilities of BUG, the open source modular consumer electronics platform. Each BUGmodule represents a specific gadget function (e.g. a camera, a keyboard, a video output, etc.) that can be snapped to the BUGbase, a programmable Linux-based mini-computer with four available BUGmodule slots. The five new BUGmodules are:BUGprojector, a mini pico-projector module, incorporating DLP® Pico™ technology from Texas Instruments. With a native resolution of 480x320 pixels, stereo playback and a brightness of 9 lumens, users can project videos, photos and presentations on the go. BUGsound, an audio module, providing a flush-mount 20-mm speaker and omnidirectional microphone with hardware…
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Augmented Reality on the Road….

"Augmented Reality", Android, Ar, Research, Technology, Travel
I’ve been a fan of the potential of augmented reality for some time, but the limitation of having to print out and use those funky registration images has always been there. A lot of people are working on solving/helping this problem. One of the groups that has come up with a novel approach is Mobilizy a small team based in Austria.Mobilizy have developed one of the hottest applications available for the new Android G-1 Phone, called Wikitude. You see instead of using registration images for pattern recognition and image substitution, they use the GPS, Digital Compass and camera on the G-1 to deliver one of the first really practical augmented reality applications, excellent for travel and tourism.In what mobilizy has dubbed "CamView" mode, users may hold the phone’s camera against a…
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More Siggraph Madness….Is anything real nowadays?….

Photography, Research, Video
More crazy image-enhanced video rendering papers from University of Washington being presented at Siggraph08. I just can't get enough of these new applications of combining crappy video and some still frames to produce eye popping results. Most of the experiments in this video were done using a standard video camera and a hi-res still camera. The results were combined, some secret sauce added and you end up with these killer results. I for one can't wait for editing packages to include some of these research topics as new features....Can you say UNREAL :-) Using Photographs to Enhance Videos of a Static Scene from pro on Vimeo.
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3D Auto generated scenes using Flickr hosted pictures….

Microsoft, Research
Hmmmm......Ugggghhh.....Yet another MS research juicy fruit that no one outside of Redmond is gonna be able to play with. I guess this is a further development or an offshoot of PhotoSynth that MS presented at Siggraph in Boston. This one is much more polished and seems to actually have a purpose (see the end of the video). The days of QTVR are numbered if MS ever decides to make this project a reality.
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Photoshop of Video Editing Tools

Microsoft, Research
Yep, Microsoft is at it again (actually MS research to be more precise). Show up at Siggraph, present a juicy paper, get everyone salivating and then, well.....not sure.....hide :-). I don't get it, I'll give you an example, couple of years ago a bunch of MS research guys showed up at Siggraph in Boston (I think) and showed this amazing application -- PhotoSynth -- that would stitch pictures taken by random tourists from different internet sources into a brilliant 3D model. It was fantastic, but other than a demo application, it's no where to be found.MS, are you listening.....You're a Software company, stop producing software noone wants/needs (Vista/Office anyone?) and realize some of these apps the research people are working on.Anyways, rant off. Now for this years amazing app. The…
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RevoLabs makes Microphones cool again….

Apple, Leopard, Macintosh, OSX, Reference, Research, Skype, Technology, USB, Windows
A friend passed this on today (thanks Jeremy). If you use a mic in your day to day businness (or even if you're an occasional ichat/skype user, you should check this out. RevoLabs have introduced a new line of Wireless microphones that come with RF-Armor. What does that mean, well the next time your GSM phone rings/sync/receives email, your microphone won't be going all crazy. Plus their Solo mics come in three different types:WearableTabletop BoundryXLR adapter for handheld micsAll their mics use a base station that hooks up to your PC or Mac via USB (no driver needed) and show up as a sound device. As a bonus the wearable one also has a audio out so you can wear it around your neck (on in your pocket) and hook…
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