Friday, November 30, 2012

Rashomon Project

http://automation.berkeley.edu/rashomon/

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Vision Gyroscope

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g4hBwgGNX0

Estimates angular velocities solely by means of image processing. Operates under a large variety of conditions and matches or even outperforms current MEMS gyroscopes in terms of accuracy, responsiveness and resource consumption.


Monday, November 12, 2012

3D-Bee Diamond

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Fwd: Optrix Expands Video Capturing Capabilities with New Accessories for XD Sports Case

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Optrix Expands Video Capturing Capabilities with New Accessories for XD Sports Case
Selection by iStabilizer includes the Glidepro video stabilizer, rugged Dolly, extendable Monopod and Tripod Flex

Marin, CA – November 12, 2012 – Optrix, designer of action sports video cases for smartphones, in partnership with iStabilizer, announces the availability of accessories customized for the acclaimed XD Sport Wide-Angle action case.  Designed to transform the iPhone 4, 4S and iPod Touch into an extreme wide-lens camera, the XD Sport adds the Glidepro handheld video stabilizer, rugged flexible Dolly, extendable Monopod and Flex Tripod to it's stable of accessories and mounts.

"Although the XD Sports Case is military grade and rugged enough to withstand almost any condition, it is also the perfect iPhone case for photography enthusiasts," said John Willenborg, founder of Optrix.  "Our new line of accessories gives both photography novices and professionals even more options to capture their memories while keeping their device safe."

Product Highlights:

Glidepro – Hand Stabilizer
-    Ideal to capture smooth and steady videos anywhere
-    Eliminates the shakes typically associated with hand-held filming
-    Utilizes same technology found in professional filmmaking equipment

Dolly – Flexible Roller
-    Ideal for tracking shots, time lapse, artistic work and capturing travel videos
-    Large wheels provide smooth movement
-    11" adjustable arm allows for unique angles and positions

Monopod
– Extendable Arm
-    Ideal for self-portraits, high/low angles, self-videos and POV shots
-    Extendable arm provides access to hard to reach camera angles and positions
-    Lightweight portable design extends up to 3 ft

Flex
– Flexible Tripod
-    Ideal for usage from unique angles, including poles, tree branches and more
-    Flexible legs secure your XD Sport to virtually any surface
-    Compact size makes it a perfect travel companion

Optrix's new accessories are available individually or in bundles at www.optrix.com.  The Optrix XD Sport action sports case can be found at select Apple, Best Buy and Target stores; and online at Apple.com, Bestbuy.com and www.optrix.com

For additional information about Optrix, visit our website or contact PR representative Pedro Chen at 305-374-4404 x139, PedroChen@maxborgesagency.com.

About Optrix
Optrix is a designer of military grade action sports video cases for iPhone 4, 4S and iPod Touch that enables capturing in all environments while taking advantage of the iPhone 4S interface and advanced video capabilities.  Optrix's team of extreme sports athletes includes race car drivers, skateboarders, mountain bikers and surfers, and is committed to becoming the leading provider of extreme filming smartphone cases.

About iStabilizer:
Based in Park City, Utah, iStabilizer designs universal smartphone mounts that allow users to create professional, high quality photos and videos. With their lightweight and compact tripods, dollies, steady cams and mounts, iStabilizer helps amateurs and professionals alike, turn ordinary camera work into extraordinary works of art. iStabilizer's team of highly motivated creative individuals are committed to providing the highest level of product performance and service, for many years to come.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Jury says journalist arrested while videotaping police is not guilty


Jury says journalist arrested while videotaping police is not guilty

Police Major Nancy Perez, moments before she arrested Miller on January 31, 2012.

A jury acquitted a Florida photojournalist who was arrested on January 31while documenting the eviction of Occupy Miami protesters. The police accused Carlos Miller, author of a popular blog about the rights of photojournalists, of disobeying a lawful police order to clear the area. But another journalist testified he had been standing nearby without incident.

After Miller's January arrest, the police confiscated his camera and deleted some of his footage, including video documenting his encounter with the police. That may prove to be an expensive mistake. Miller was able to recover the footage, which proved helpful in winning his acquittal. He says his next step will be to file a lawsuit charging that the deletion of the footage violated his constitutional rights.

"I was questioning their orders. That's what I do"

The one-day trial occurred on Wednesday. In a Thursday interview, Miller told us that the prosecution accused him of "being antagonistic to police because I was questioning their orders." However, he said, "that's what I do. I know my rights. I know the law."

During the trial, Miller's attorney, Santiago Lavandera, admitted that Miller used some coarse language with the police officers at one point during the evening. But he stressed that it wasn't the job of a journalist to meekly obey police orders.

"When you're a journalist, your job is to investigate," Lavandera told the jury. "Not to be led by your hand where the police want you to see, so they can hide what they don't want you to see. As long as you are acting within the law, as Mr. Miller was, you have the right to demand and say, 'no, I'm not moving, I have the right to be here. This is a public sidewalk, I have the right to be here.'"

Miller told us the jury deliberated for only about half an hour before returning a verdict of "not guilty." He said his case was helped by the footage he recovered from his camera. That footage, he told us, clearly showed that there were other journalists nearby when he was arrested.

One of them was Miami Herald reporter Glenn Garvin, who testified in Wednesday's trial. According to Miller, when Garvin saw Miller being arrested by Officer Nancy Perez, "he immediately thought he was going to get arrested, so he asked Nancy Perez if it was alright for him to be standing there and she said, yes, he was under no threat of getting arrested."

Enlarge / Perez is cross-examined by Miller attorney Arnold Trevilla.

There's a history of confrontations between Miller and the police, and Miller said the police had singled him out for that reason. An e-mail disclosed during the trial showed the police had been monitoring Miller's Facebook page and had sent out a notice warning officers in charge of evicting the Occupy Miami protestors that Miller was planning to cover the process.

Constitutional challenge

Now that Miller doesn't have a jail sentence hanging over his head, he's planning to turn the tables on the Miami-Dade Police Department. He plans to file a lawsuit arguing the deletion of his footage by the police violated his constitutional rights.

According to Miller, such incidents are disturbingly common around the country. As camera-equipped cell phones have proliferated, ordinary Americans have increasingly used the devices to document how police officers do their jobs. And he said he heard of numerous incidents in which the police confiscate these devices and delete potentially embarrassing footage.

Miller told us most victims don't stand up for their rights in court. In many cases, people are happy simply to have the police drop the charges against them. But Miller isn't so easily cowed.

If Miller files his lawsuit, he will join a handful of other plaintiffs who have gone to court to vindicate their rights to record the activities of police officers. Judges in Massachusetts and Illinois have held it unconstitutional to arrest people for recording the activities of police. A Baltimore man hassued the police for deleting his footage from his cell phone. The Obama administration filed a brief in the case arguing that deleting such footage violates the Fourth Amendment.

Miller points out that if an ordinary citizen deleted footage relevant to an alleged crime, he could be charged with destruction of evidence, a felony. He believes that police officers should also be held accountable when they seize cameras and delete footage.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Apple Told to Pay $368.2 Million to VirnetX in Trial- Bloomberg

> From: JM
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> http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-07/apple-told-to-pay-368-2-million-to-virnetx-in-patent-trial-1-.html

A federal jury in Tyler, Texas, said Apple's FaceTime function, used on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad as well as Mac computers, infringed four VirnetX patents. VirnetX had won a $200 million settlement from Microsoft Corp. in 2010 over the same technology.

"This victory further establishes the importance of our patent portfolio," VirnetX Chief Executive Officer Kendall Larsen said in a statement.

The VirnetX patents cover the use of a domain-name service to set up virtual private networks, through which a website owner can interact with customers in a secure way or an employee can work at home and get access to a company's electronic files.

Microsoft Files Patent to use Kinect to Detect Audience Size for Licensing Content

http://www.hackingnetflix.com/2012/11/microsoft-files-patent-to-use-kinect-to-detect-audience-size-for-licensing-content.html

Friday, November 02, 2012

H.264 Decoder in JavaScript Running at 30fps

I must admit, I missed this one when it happened.

A friend of mine was telling me they were streaming live H.264 video off an AR Drone Copter using  Broadway.js

Some 15 years ago I did an H.263 decoder in Java, but it was miserable and only had enough cpu to
do 176x144 postage stamp size video.

Source code available here:
https://github.com/mbebenita/Broadway

Native JavaScript H.264 decoder offers compelling demo of JS performance
Mozilla has released "Broadway," a native JavaScript-based H.264 decoder that …
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2011/10/native-javascript-h264-decoder-offers-compelling-demo-of-js-performance/

Broadway: An H.264 Decoder in JavaScript Running at 30fps
JS Challange: Build an H.264 decoder in JavaScript for Firefox and Chrome. If we can do PDFs and MP3s, we can do H.264!
http://badassjs.com/post/12035631618/broadway-an-h-264-decoder-in-javascript-running-at




Similar project but for WebM video:
Route9.js: A VP8/WebM decoder in JavaScript
http://badassjs.com/post/13551173773/route9-js-a-vp8-webm-decoder-in-javascript