Posts tagged computers

Video: Microsoft RoomAlive.

This looks like an even more developed version of IllumiRoom, which was shown in prototype form last year.

From Microsoft Research:

RoomAlive is a proof-of-concept prototype that transforms any room into an immersive, augmented entertainment experience. Our system enables new interactive projection mapping experiences that dynamically adapts content to any room. Users can touch, shoot, stomp, dodge and steer projected content that seamlessly co-exists with their existing physical environment. The basic building blocks of RoomAlive are projector-depth camera units, which can be combined through a scalable, distributed framework. The projector-depth camera units are individually auto-calibrating, self-localizing, and create a unified model of the room with no user intervention. We investigate the design space of gaming experiences that are possible with RoomAlive and explore methods for dynamically mapping content based on room layout and user position. Finally we showcase four experience prototypes that demonstrate the novel interactive experiences that are possible with RoomAlive and discuss the design challenges of adapting any game to any room.

Check out this awesome CGI video.

Made by Chris Jones, who says it was “hand-made with Lightwave, Sculptris and Krita, composited with Davinci Resolve Lite”.

Watson gets a new job.
After taking on a few small jobs after a successful Jeopary! win, the IBM supercomputer is back at work again, this time advising US soldiers on life choices after service.
The computer analysed thousands of documents related to the topic, and can answer plain, spoken-language questions, according to the USAA, which provides insurance, investment, retirement and other financial services to members of the US armed forces

"Putting Watson into the hands of consumers is a critical milestone toward improving how we work and live," IBM Watson Group senior vice president Mike Rhodin said in a release Tuesday.
"We believe this new service can help men and women who served their country gain timely and relevant insights into the steps they need to successfully move to civilian life."

Watson gets a new job.

After taking on a few small jobs after a successful Jeopary! win, the IBM supercomputer is back at work again, this time advising US soldiers on life choices after service.

The computer analysed thousands of documents related to the topic, and can answer plain, spoken-language questions, according to the USAA, which provides insurance, investment, retirement and other financial services to members of the US armed forces

"Putting Watson into the hands of consumers is a critical milestone toward improving how we work and live," IBM Watson Group senior vice president Mike Rhodin said in a release Tuesday.

"We believe this new service can help men and women who served their country gain timely and relevant insights into the steps they need to successfully move to civilian life."

Free games, in a time long before Steam sales…

Free games, in a time long before Steam sales…

Video: Wi-Fi system can detect breathing and heart rate through walls.

A system developed at MIT uses wi-fi signals to detect breathing and heart rate of one or more individuals in a room - even through walls.

Eight consoles and a projector.

Eight consoles and a projector.

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Microsoft demos real-time translation with Skype.

Image: The insecure internet.
A security researcher scanned the internet for unprotected embedded devices, and here’s the graphical result: 420,000 clients which were able to be accessed and analysed. The animated graphic above shows day/night variations in the number of available connections.
This scan was done in 2012 using IPv4 addresses. According to the researcher, “with a growing number of IPv6 hosts on the Internet, 2012 may have been the last time a census like this was possible”.

Image: The insecure internet.

A security researcher scanned the internet for unprotected embedded devices, and here’s the graphical result: 420,000 clients which were able to be accessed and analysed. The animated graphic above shows day/night variations in the number of available connections.

This scan was done in 2012 using IPv4 addresses. According to the researcher, “with a growing number of IPv6 hosts on the Internet, 2012 may have been the last time a census like this was possible”.

Street view now lets you look back in time.
A new feature in Googles Street View lets you look back at past imagery to see how a place has changed.
To use the feature just open up a Street View scene, and look for the box in the upper-left corner. If it shows a slider to go back to previous years, you’re in business.

Now with Street View, you can see a landmark’s growth from the ground up, like the Freedom Tower in New York City or the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil. This new feature can also serve as a digital timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan. You can even experience different seasons and see what it would be like to cruise Italian roadways in both summer and winter.

Street view now lets you look back in time.

A new feature in Googles Street View lets you look back at past imagery to see how a place has changed.

To use the feature just open up a Street View scene, and look for the box in the upper-left corner. If it shows a slider to go back to previous years, you’re in business.

Now with Street View, you can see a landmark’s growth from the ground up, like the Freedom Tower in New York City or the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil. This new feature can also serve as a digital timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan. You can even experience different seasons and see what it would be like to cruise Italian roadways in both summer and winter.