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“Hover Camera” Floats and Follows Using AI

Power it on, flip it open, and it hovers in the air, then will follow you anywhere and take 13 megapixel pictures and record 4K video. It uses a location and mapping algorithm to combine data from a down-facing camera, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope to determine where it is. Then it uses facial and […]

Transparency as Augmentation

First, watch this terrible car crash caused by lack of visibility (and a poor driving decision): Horror crash E40: Ford Focus vs truck accident (exit Aalter E40 Belgium) LONG VERSION – [youtube.com] Then, consider how this new technology from Samsung could have prevented that crash: Samsung “The Safety Truck” – [youtube.com] Finally, wonder how far […]

Virtual Tourism by Drone

The growing use of video recording from flying drones is opening up a new area of virtual tourism. Many drone produced videos have been posted online and now there are meta-sites which allow us to search and watch the videos based on location. In several cases the sites are linked to google maps and let […]

Third Person Driver Camera System

Using cameras to augment driver vision has eliminated blind spots. This new version uses a selectable view angle to create a third person viewpoint similar to that used in video games. This technology is likely to expand beyond cars and driving to include many aspects of our daily lives. As video I/O points continue to […]

Transparent Cars

If we don’t need windows in spaceships, we don’t need them in cars either. Retro-reflective screens reflect images straight back at the source of light, instead of at an opposite angle as happens with a mirror. This allows the driver of a car to see what is outside the car, just as though the car […]

No Windows in Space

Many representations of life in space include windows in the walls of space ships and space dwellings. There will be no windows in space. As an engineering consideration, windows are “factory installed leaks”. Our electronics continue to grow smaller, more flexible and are starting to become built in to everything in our environment. It will […]

Ubiquitous Video Capture

Ubiquitous means “present everywhere”. Ubiquitous video capture means being able to capture video of what is happening around us all the time, and everywhere. For many years, we have been moving in this direction, mostly with traffic cameras and security cameras. Smartphone cameras are becoming ubiquitous. Police cruiser dashcams have become commonplace. Video records of […]

MeCam Coptor Follows, Streams Video

A handsize mini-copter that follows you around or accepts voice commands and streams video of yourself to your phone or tablet. It’s being marketed as an “accessory” to smartphones at $49. MeCam: Self video nano copter to point-and-stream yourself – [alwaysinnovating.com] Oops, Always Innovating has innovated again! We have introduced hardware to Social Networking and […]

Visual Assistant Ring

Point this ring at an object and tell it what you need to know about the object. Tell the ring you need to know distance or color or currency or information from a tag. The ring takes a picture of the object and sends it to a smartphone where the image is analyzed and results […]

Predator Object Tracking

Figuring out how to track objects in a video stream is a solution for many problems. There are a variety of applications waiting for more sophisticated software in this area. Most objects change in many ways as they move through the timespace of frames in video. They can move, they can rotate and the qualities […]