Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fwd: Ethernet Summit 2012 - Terabit Ethernet is Coming!

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Subject: Ethernet Summit 2012 - Terabit Ethernet is Coming!
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Surveillance Cameras Used To Study Customer Behavior

From Slashdot:

Surveillance Cameras Used To Study Customer Behavior

"Technology Review reports on a startup with software used by stores to track, count and log people captured by security cameras. Prism Skylab's technology can produce heatmaps showing where people went and produce other statistics that the company claims offer tracking and analytics like those used online for the real world. One use case is for businesses to correlate online promotions and deals — such as Groupon offers — with real world footfall and in-store behavior."

City could shut down Hacker Dojo


Sent this morning.:
 Matthew:  Okay. There's not a lot of time since tomorrow is the popular closure date.

3D Impact Media and Exceptional3D partner to cross-market their 3D products | 3dimpactmedia


Monday, January 30, 2012

You Can Edit 4K Video on a MacBook Air (With a Red Rocket)


Since you can't even play 4K video on any PC, most of us would not automatically come up with an idea to edit 12-megapixel resolution video on a Macbook Air.
However, a demo published by Dave Helmly, in charge of tech sales of Adobe's pro audio and video products, shows that it is possible.
4K video editing
Helmly used a flagship Macbook Air with an Intel 1.8 GHz i7-2677M processor, which retails for $1700. The 4K video quickly overwhelmed the dual-core processor and its four threads. However, the video, apparently recorded with a Red One camera, ran in real-time via a Thunderbolt-connected Red Rocket accelerator and transcoder card. The Red Rocket card is key to getting 4K video to be played at 30 fps on a PC and can be purchased for $4,750.
It's important to note that Helmly went with the Apple hardware, but on the OS side it's running Windows 7 in boot camp. Helmly explained to Gizmodo on his choice:
No real reason I chose to show it running under Windows 7 other than I've been surprised that we haven't seen any demos of Windows running TB before now. It actually works pretty good in it's current beta state. That said the Mac OS kicks @ss running the same config. Please keep in mind that half the battle is getting alpha/beta Windows 7 64bit drivers for each TB device. All TB devices need drivers at some level. All necessary Mac OS driver are already shipping.
The Mac + TB is really last years news and we all want more TB peripherals to start shipping and to start showing Intel and PC makers that there is lots of interest on both sides and it will benefit all TB users. I have no preference on OS and use both everyday.
4K video is still an emerging standard and out of reach for mainstream customers. The Red One camera, which supports recording formats up to 4.5K at 4480x1920 pixels, is currently sold for $25,000. YouTube began supporting 4K videos in mid-2010. An example can be seen below (but you'll have to blow it up to original size if you want to see it in all its glory).
Surf NYC 4K Video

Sopa/pipa is being implemented without congress

The below E-mails came from a Respected Retired Computer Programmer from around Stanford.  He can trace his roots to the 1960's Unix / Internet, and hangs out with a group of retired Silicon Valley Computer Scientists that are legends in there own right. Well within the same caliber as Arthur C. Clarke Himself.  

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: (Name Removed)
Date: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Subject: reason for the previous 2 emails...

squareslate was shut down.... i am probably one of the few that captured all of it... and i might be on the hit list... 
anyway, when i sent the list of shows to a few of my friends there were quite different results...
some were not allowed the attachment, stating there was a virus ( it is only images, .jpg's  of the movie ads, a file, i created ) ... 
another only got a short list of about 26 of the 300 .... and another, when they tried to reply to me, the attachment, was blocked...

seems that sopa/pipa is being implemented without congress... which could stop all independent communications between individuals, not just domain names... stuff like this .... really not harmful, and doing our own thing, just that somebody's over-programmed the bots to look for more then is really out there... which then could cause stuff like this ... if not "really" now, likely later, unfortunately.....

                                                       best wishes  

There are two major products that came out of Berkeley:  LSD and UNIX.  We do not believe this to be a coincidence.  ~Jeremy S. Anderson

From Previous E-mail.

 btw.. i did capture the whole site of squareslate.com/video
if you want it bring about 160g+ or for some of it... bring mem sticks,  ... I did burn one onto a video for stand alone tv, but ___ has it .... also win8 (developers edition) will need a dl/dd dvd to install the iso ( or stick it in a VB like i did....   out of dvd's or would burn some stuff for you ...
From Previous E-mail.

this one comes and goes .... tones of movies you can capture with download helper
.... http://www.squareslate.com/video/

They who put out the peoples eyes reproach them for their blindness.
 John Milton - 1642

Sunday, January 29, 2012

We need a new model.

We need a new model.

Treating intangibles as a service makes far more sense then placing the intangible on something tangible. With a bar code, or now days RF id. Then try to charge for it as if it were a bar of soap or a bag of pretzels. That worked well for a while, maybe 80 years. Right up until people started to gain tools work with intangibles. 
So they thought they could fix it with laws, technical hacks, lawyers and finally police.

The Internet's created much apprehension for those that control the purveyance of intangibles.
It's up to us to re-invent, re-educate and forge new solutions or there only be further escalations.

I was thinking of compensation right and credits right instead of copyright. Some standards as to what the rules are for that content are that can be placed in to simple machine parse-able form of metadata.

As much as I love FOSS and P2P, You need to be able pay if you want talented people. We weren't all born rich, or willing to live in abject poverty to hack code. Been there done that, not fun after a while.
Does anyone have any ideas or opinions?

John L. Sokol

Library tool puts the 3-D back into century-old photos


Library tool puts the 3-D back into century-old photos
Each of these archival images has two versions from slightly different angles

3-D technology generally conjures images of cutting-edge tech, the likes of which most of us can't even afford to put in our living rooms. But with a cool new undertaking, the ever forward-thinking New York Public Library has pulled together a vast collection of roughly 100-year-old archival images for a very clever proto-3-D project. The result is a crowd-sourced 3-D DIY project playfully named theStereogranimator.

The stash of more than 40,000 images in question has a unique twist: the images are stereographs, meaning that each belongs to a pair that depict the same scene from two very slightly different angles. The effect of combining the two images is known in photography as stereoscopy, a technique that had its heyday between 1850 and 1930. Merging any two images and alternating between them gives rise to the illusion of 3-D depth, thanks to the limitations of binocular human vision.

So go on, forget Avatar, and have some fun splicing sepia-toned photos together to create your own 3-D animated GIFs. The effect of the Stereogranimator project is pretty striking, especially when you're playing around with images of horse-drawn buggies that are suddenly popping out of your screen in the third dimension.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

GottaBeMobileShooting Mobile Video at CES 2012 with the mCAM (Video)


Babycastles is Turning the Hayden Planetarium into a Giant Videogame



Remember your first visit to the planetarium? Neil DeGrasse Tyson does — it was what inspired him to become an astrophysicist in the first place. That same planetarium, now under Tyson’s direction, is currently undergoing a transformation the likes of which Neil’s young self couldn’t have possibly imagined: It’s becoming a giant videogame.
Space Cruiser is the most ambitious project yet from NYC developer Ivan Safrin and DIYgames collective Babycastles: An interactive installation designed for 100-200 participants that turns the Hayden Planetarium dome into a giant virtual spacecraft. Together, players will collaborate to navigate a virtual ship through asteroid belts and other dangers — kind of like a massively-multiplayer version of Carl Sagan’s imaginary space vessel from Cosmos.
Space Cruiser is using Ivan Safrin’s creative coding platform ‘Polycode’ to render his game on a 6-projector 4500×4500 pixel screen. Each projector is hooked up to a separate PC running an instance of Polycode and rendering part of the screen,” says Babycastles impresario Syed Salahuddin of the enormous installation, which premieres for one night only this Thursday at the Museum of Natural History in New York.
Some other space-related indie games will also be reporting for duty: Osmos, a surreal space simulator from Hemisphere Games, Kerbal Space Program, a build-your-own spaceship game, and Bit Pilot, the previously-exhibited minimalist shooter by Zach Gage. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be on an unscripted episode of Star Trek with 200 other people, you can get tickets (use code ‘BEYOND’ for half off) at the museum’s website.

Android Kinect Projector Interface

From Slashdot:

Android Kinect Projector Interface

"A guy who goes by the online handle DDRBoxman decided it would be fun to blow up his Samsung Galaxy Nexus display onto the wall by connecting his phone to a projector. He then connected the whole thing to a PC and, thanks to Microsoft's open-source Kinect platform for Windows, he was able to create a custom ROM that mapped out the phone interface to the Kinect sensors. Pretty neat!"

Film makers finally wake up to the fact they are now shooting VIDEO!!!!

It seems amazing that they would want to use the New Digital Technology and then want to stick with 24 fps, a carry over from when you had to pay for film by the foot and if you made a mistake, toss it out and start over.

Just wait till they learn about 120 Fps.

And don't even mention free view point, light fields and dare I say it "digital holography".

James Cameron Wants to Blow Your Mind With 60 Frames Per Second - Wired.com

Shooting in 3-D might get you an occasional holy-crap moment, but if you really want to blow an audience’s mind, increase your frame rate. Movies shot and projected faster than the standard 24 frames per second—at, say, 48 or 60 fps—have startling clarity and emotional impact. Even better, the strobing you sometimes get with 3-D (filmmakers call it the judders) vanishes at 48 fps and up.

Who cares? Peter Jackson and James Cameron. Jackson is shooting The Hobbit in 3-D at 48 fps with high-end digital cameras—no more film for him. And Cameron is leaning toward 60 fps for his Avatar sequels. Cameron says that when he screened test footage for theater owners, “you could literally hear a gasp from the audience when they were shown the difference between 24-frame and 48 frames. And they liked 60 frames even better.”

The irony is that filmmakers have known about the technique for decades. Visual-effects titan Douglas Trumbull wanted to use 60 fps for his 1983 film, Brainstorm, and invented a projection technology he called Showscan. “I got very hooked on this whole idea of immersive cinema,” Trumbull says. “We saw a profoundly different kind of experience happening at up around 60 frames.”

But studios and theaters snubbed the pricey Showscan gear. Trumbull was so bummed that he left Hollywood for Massachusetts. Cameron thinks the world is finally ready. “Doug had the right idea,” he says. “It was just premature brilliance.” Sometimes the industry judders.

Fwd: Samsung in CMOS break-through, pulls 4K video off sensor in $400 compact camera | EOSHD.com

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From: Anonymous successful Hollywood Film Producer Friend. 

The second Samsung puts this chip AT FULL CAPACITY into a video
camera, every "suit" at the studios in Hollywood are going to have a
heart attack.

On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM, John Sokol <john.sokol@gmail.com> wrote:
> http://www.eoshd.com/content/6817/samsung-in-cmos-break-through-pulls-4k-video-off-sensor-in-400-compact-camera

Samsung in CMOS break-through, pulls 4K video off sensor in $400 compact camera | EOSHD.com



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From: "Preston Bornman" <pbornman@oneworldsports.com>
Date: Jan 26, 2012 11:56 AM
To: "Preston Bornman" <pbornman@oneworldsports.com>

Good afternoon,

One World Sports (OWS), North America's leading Asian sports provider, signed an exclusive agreement with World Sport Group (WSG) to distribute Singapore Cricket Club (SCC)-PayPal Twenty20 Cricket Tournament on a multi-screen, multi-year basis in North America. 

To see full press release, please read below or see attachment. 

Thank you,

Real-time depth smoothing for the Kinect

From Hack-A-Day:

[Karl] set out to improve the depth image that the Kinect camera is able to feed into a computer. He’s come up with a pre-processing package which smooths the depth data in real-time.
There are a few problems here, one is that the Kinect has a fairly low resolution, it is also depth limited to a range of about 8 meters from the device (an issue we hadn’t considered when looking at Kinect-based mapping solutions). But the drawbacks of those shortcomings can be mitigated by improving the data that it does collect. [Karl's] approach is twofold: pixel filtering, and averaging of movement.
The pixel filtering works with the depth data to help clarify the outlines of objects. Weighted moving average is used to help reduce the amount of flickering areas rendered from frame to frame. [Karl] included a nice GUI with the code which lets you tweak the filter settings until they’re just right. See a demo of that interface in the clip after the break and let us know what you might use this for by leaving a comment.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wireless tower compromise

The city of Palo Alto, California has reached an agreement for cellphone towers. This, after years of local politics, shows the issues that will slow delivery of video to mobile devices.

Y Combinator Wants To Kill Hollywood

From Slashdot:

Y Combinator Wants To Kill Hollywood

"Y Combinator, a firm that invests in startups, has put out a call to kill Hollywood. In a post on their site, the firm said attempts at legislation similar to SOPA wouldn't stop until there is no industry left to protect. They now want to incubate ideas for new types of entertainment, so we can evolve the movie and television industries. Quoting: 'There will be several answers, ranging from new ways to produce and distribute shows, through new media (e.g. games) that look a lot like shows but are more interactive, to things (e.g. social sites and apps) that have little in common with movies and TV except competing with them for finite audience attention. Some of the best ideas may initially look like they're serving the movie and TV industries. Microsoft seemed like a technology supplier to IBM before eating their lunch, and Google did the same thing to Yahoo.'"

Google TV Demo

Samsung Smart TV hands-on

Samsung Smart TV Teaser for CES 2012

This is funny because they get the end of the video and don't show anything really new or innovative.

"Beloved, not Beliked': Why TV's Live and Streaming Audiences Are Diverging | Epicenter | Wired.com


Ask Slashdot: Tips On 2D To Stereo 3D Conversion?

From Slashdot:

Ask Slashdot: Tips On 2D To Stereo 3D Conversion?

"I'm interested in converting 2D video to Stereoscopic 3D video — the Red/Cyan Anaglyph type in particular (to ensure compatibility with cardboard Anaglyph glasses). Here's my questions: Which software(s) or algorithms can currently do this, and do it well? Also, are there any 3D TVs on the market that have a high quality 2D-to-3D realtime conversion function in them? And finally, if I were to try and roll my own 2D-to-3D conversion algorithm, where should I start? Which books, websites, blogs or papers should I look at?"
I'd never even thought about this as a possibility; now I see there are some tutorials available; if you've done it, though, what sort of results did you get? And any tips for those using Linux?

Raspberry Pi runs XBMC; reliably decodes 1080p - Hack-A-Day

Soon there will be less and less of an advantage to stand alone STB chip sets.

From Hack-A-Day

This is the Raspberry Pi board, an ARM based GNU-Linux computer. We’ve heard a little bit about it, but it recently garnered our attention when the machine was shown running XBMC at 1080p. That’s a lot of decoding to be done with the small package, and it’s taken care of at the hardware level.
Regular readers will know we’re fans of the XBMC project and have been looking for a small form factor that can be stuck on the back of a television. We had hoped it would be the BeagleBaord but that never really came to fruition. But this really looks like it has potential, and with a price tag of $35 (that’s for the larger 256MB RAM option) it’s a no-brainer.
Now there’s still a lot of rumors out there. We came across one thread that speculated the device will not decode video formats other than h.264 very well since it uses hardware decoding for that codec only. We’ll reserve judgement until there’s more reliable info. But you can dig through this forum thread where the XMBC dev who’s been working with the hardware is participating in the discussion.
Don’t forget to peek at the demo clip after the break too.

XBMC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
XBMC Media Center (formerly Xbox Media Center) is a free and open source cross-platform digital media hub and HTPC (Home theater PC) software

Monday, January 23, 2012

TiVo's Margret Schmidt tweets screenshots of updates for Premiere units | PVRblog


3D Camera and 3D TV, from Aigo

3D Camera and 3D TV, from Aigo a consumer electronics Giant that we've never heard of but may soon all become a household name. It's the Chinese equivalent of a Sony or Samsung.

Aigo Brochure  From CES 1/12/2012

http://aigoamerica.com/  US web site.

North American Distributor
1201 N. Orange St.  Suite 7175
Wilmington DE, 19801

Make sure you tell them you heard about it on VideoTechnology.com

http://en.aigo.com/  Main Web Site.

AHD-X30 3D Video Camcorder
Glasses Free 3D  PMP663-3D

More Glasses Free 3D  PMP887-3D

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Fujitsu Waterproof Phones and Tables.

Fujitsu has just announced a new line of Android smartphones and tablets that are all waterproof.

They are not using Hydrophobic material but rubber seals and  GORE-TEX® fabric to seal the devices.



I also came up with a method with my Livecam to drastically reduce the size required for a JPEG with almost not noticeable loss.

So I wonder what these guys are doing and if it's worth while.  If you try it please leave me a comment, I'd love to know what you think of this service.

John Sokol - Editor

3M Flat Flexable HDMI Cables.


3M touch screen technology

From CES 2012

Demo of 3M Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen with T1 Visions Social Multi-Touch GUI.

9 Displays acting as one large Multi-touch Display, Super Cool. 

NinjaVideo.net Founder Gets 14 Months

From Slashdot:

NinjaVideo.net Founder Gets 14 Months

"A Virginia judge has sentenced Matthew David Howard Smith, a founder of the NinjaVideo.net website, to 14 months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. Smith was indicted along with four others late last year. The DOJ charged that they illegally provided copyright-protected movies and TV programs for download from the NinjaVideo.net website. The site operated from February 2008 until authorities shut it down in June 2010."

peoplepeople » Invisible speaker @ Wired Magazine favorite gadgets at CES


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Overlaying video on encrypted HDMI connections


[bunnie] is up to his old tricks again. He successfully implemented a man-in-the-middle attack on HDCP-secured connections to overlay video in any HDMI video stream. There’s a bonus, too: his hack doesn’t use the HDCP master-key. It doesn’t violate the DMCA at all.

HDCP is the awful encryption scheme that goes into HDMI-compatable devices. Before HDCP, injecting video overlays or even chroma keying was a valid interpretation of fair use. [bunnie] thinks that HDMI devices should have the same restrictions analog devices have, so he decided to funnel his own video into his TV.

The build uses the NeTV, a handy and cheap FPGA board with an HDMI input and output. [bunnie] got the FPGA to snoop the HDMI bus and decide if a pixel needs to be changed or not. This isn’t much different from what researchers in Germany did a few months ago, but unlike the academic security researchers, [bunnie] gives you a shopping list of what to buy.

As an example of his work, [bunnie] implemented something like a ‘tweet ticker’ on HDCP-encrypted video. There’s very little the NeTV setup can’t do from chroma keying, filters, or simply dumping the HDMI stream to a hard disk. Check out the slides from [bunnie]‘s talk to get better idea of what he did.

[PAPPP] found a video of the talk in question. Check that out after the break.

Electronically controlled color filter. Notable patent.

New developments in optics never cease to surprise and amaze me. It's not like digital technology that's been following the steady pace set by Moore's law of roughly 66% a year. With optics thing seem to come out of left field. 

I was doing further investigation on something really interesting I ran across as CES when found this patent.

An electrically adjustable optical filter. This would have all sorts of applications:
Displays and projectors ( think of replacing the spinning wheel in the Dolby Digital 3D ) , astronomy, super miniature spectrometer,  hyper-spectral cameras, color matching, machine vision & quality control, Tune-able Lasers, fiber optic communications, genetics and Biology.

PLASMONIC FABRY-PEROT FILTERhttp://www.google.com/patents?id=NXLNAAAAEBAJ&zoom=4&dq=%22Byung%20Il%20Choi%22%20plasmonic&pg=PA3#v=onepage&q&f=false

Application number: 12/521,400
Publication number:US 2010/0053755 A1


Application number: 12/521,416
Publication number:US 2010/0046060 A1

Friday, January 20, 2012

Jurassic Tech Podcast 1: Sony Mavica (1981). First Cam With Storage


See link for Audio podcast.

In 1981 Kent Ekberg was a corporate planner for Sony America, trying to figure out a brand new market in photography. Check out the Sony Mavica, below. It was the first still camera with electronic storage.
The Mavica was actually an analog TV video camera — the pics on the early models all were at 570×490 resolution, the same as an NTSC standard television.  The name Mavica — the protoype was MAVICA, short for MAgnetic VIdeo CAmera 

Tubular POV display


[Ryan]‘s cylinder POV display is an amazing piece of work. Right now it’s impressive sitting on his workbench, but we’re sure it would be astonishing hanging above the middle of a dance floor. There are 64 RGB LEDs on this display and they’re certainly bright enough to liven up any space.
Power is provided through a slip ring. The ground is connected to the shaft of the motor [Ryan] picked up at an auto parts store. It’s an efficient way to do things, but the display can only be controlled by whatever image is stored in the ATMega1284′s flash memory. [Ryan] admits this isn’t an ideal setup so he’s working on a ZigBee or Bluetooth connection.
We’ve seen some amazing spinny POV cylinders, but [Ryan]‘s build looks amazingly professional. All the board files, schematics and code are uploaded, as well as an image converter for BMPs and PNGs. Check out the demo after the break.

With Stunning Pina, Wim Wenders Makes Case for 3-D Documentaries


Video: Watch a Bike Disappear in 365 Days


VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

New laptops today come with the thinner HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) and DisplayPort to connect high-definition TVs, monitors or projectors.

from Slashdot:

VGA and DVI Ports To Be Phased Out Over Next 5 Years

"Legacy VGA and DVI display ports are likely to be phased out in PCs over the next five years, according to a study by NPD In-Stat. Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are ending chipset support for VGA by 2015. The VGA interface was originally introduced in 1986 and DVI was introduced in 1999,"