Facial tracking software uses your webcam feed and presents you as a high-quality 3D character, mimicking your facial expressions and position. Also claims to alter your voice amongst other features.
The project was featured on Indiegogo and has already reached it’s target with a month to go - video embedded below demonstrates many interesting features:
FaceRig is a program enabling anyone with a webcam to instantly embody any character they want. The output can be streamed to Skype, Twitch or any service that uses a webcam. It can also be instantly recorded as a movie. For now we’re focusing on the portrait and the audio, but we aim to do more in the future.
It is currently in development, but we’re already having lots of fun with it. We, the developers, would love to have the chance to finalize it and keep it indie to make it available at a low price for everyone to enjoy; that’s why we’re on Indiegogo. We hope you’ll join in and help us create something fresh and fun.
The Slow Mo guys were recently at GE laboratories pairing their high-speed camera capable of shooting over 10,000 frames a second with MEM lights, which can switch on and off as fast as 10,000 times per second.
MEMS technology is a class of miniature moving silicon micro-devices, often not much bigger than the width of a hair, that provide sensing capabilities for things such as car airbags, mobile devices, and gaming systems. Click through the GIFs to learn more.
Photo: Today’s SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral.
Space Exploration Technologies successfully launched the THAICOM 6 satellite for THAICOM today. Falcon 9 delivered THAICOM 6 to its targeted 295 x 90,000 km geosynchronous transfer orbit at 22.5 degrees inclination. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle performed as expected, meeting 100% of mission objectives.
Yesterday we displayed GE’s research in advanced microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), a technology the company is using to make tiny switches that can turn on and off 10,000 times a second. Other researchers around the country are looking into different MEMS applications to make tiny gears, tools and even engines.
Above are a few examples from Sandia National Laboratories and Boston University, two other institutions also working on extreme miniaturization. Click on these electron microscope images to learn more.
For 50 years, the U.S. has been sending probes into deep space. Check out the breathtaking photos that have come as a result.
(Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / K. Su (Univ. of Arizona)
Well…………. its about time……
Computers Watching Movies
Art project by Benjamin Grosser utilizes computer vision and tracking to visualize points of interest, demonstrated with six popular films. The gifs above are speeded-up versions of The Matrix (top) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (bottom):
Computers Watching Movies shows what a computational system sees when it watches the same films that we do. The work illustrates this vision as a series of temporal sketches, where the sketching process is presented in synchronized time with the audio from the original clip. Viewers are provoked to ask how computer vision differs from their own human vision, and what that difference reveals about our culturally-developed ways of looking. Why do we watch what we watch when we watch it? Will a system without our sense of narrative or historical patterns of vision watch the same things?
Computers Watching Movies was computationally produced using software written by the artist. This software uses computer vision algorithms and artificial intelligence routines to give the system some degree of agency, allowing it to decide what it watches and what it does not. Six well-known clips from popular films are used in the work, enabling many viewers to draw upon their own visual memory of a scene when they watch it. The scenes are from the following movies: 2001: A Space Odyssey, American Beauty, Inception, Taxi Driver, The Matrix, and Annie Hall.
Below is an embedded video of the exhibition cut - you can see seperate parts at Benjamin’s website:
More information and videos can be found at Benjamin’s project page here
Electric car drivers can catch a charge from the wind at the Whole Foods in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The Sanya Skypump combines a 4-kilowatt wind turbine developed by Urban Green Energy with GE’s WattStation to charge EVs. Read more about this innovation at GE Reports.
The LifeHub Wristwatch is not an ordinary watch but a high tech gadgets that gathered your phone, headsets, speaker, key, and wallet all at the same place. It has a flexible OLED screen which you can wear it on your wrist to check the time, your messages and listen to music. It acts as smartphone when you bend it bottom half. This concept is a design by LUCID Design.
Raspberry Pi is the most affordable computer created by a team of computer scientists from the University of Cambridge. The main goal of creating of this device was to help kids learn programming but it can used by anyone who is interested to learn more about computer science.
The Raspberry Pi uses a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC (system on a chip) with a 700 MHz processor (ARM1176JZF-S), and VideoCore IV GPU. This small computer available in two models, model A and B. The model A has 256 MB RAM, one USB port without a network connection (Ethernet) and the model B has 512 MB RAM with two USB ports and an Ethernet. Currently the model A costs $25 and the model B costs $35.
Be The Robot (BERO) is a Bluetooth Controlled Open Source, Programmable Robot by Reality Robotics which can dance and controlled by any Android or iOS devices.