Sunday, January 21, 2007

Laser Gesture Recognition - The Code Project - Multimedia

Laser Gesture Recognition - The Code Project - Multimedia: "Laser Gesture Recognition
By Ashish Derhgawen.

A quick article on setting up a simple, real-time laser gesture recognition application and using it to control Windows Media Player"

The program searches for the brightest pixel in its field of view (which is a laser dot in our case) with luminance above a certain threshold value. Luminance of a pixel can be calculated using its RGB values with a simple formula:

Luminance = (299 * red + 587 * green + 114 * blue) / 1000

After it finds the pixel, it analyzes how much that point moved along the x and y axes. Based on these parameters, the program tries to recognize the movement. For example, if the laser dot's movement along the x-axis is much more than its movement along the y-axis, the program will determine that it was more or less a horizontal movement. Then, based on the initial and final position of the laser dot, it will determine if the movement was towards the left or towards the right. It uses a similar technique to detect upward, downward and diagonal movements.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

iPhone (too much visual attenion required?)

“I think it’s a bit backwards and disappointing for Apple to introduce a product that requires MORE visual attention than most phones, and which has no tactile means of operation.” –I agree. At this early date, I think the phone may be the weakest part of the iPhone.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Monday, January 15, 2007

USB 2.0 SVGA Adapter: $74.95

USB 2.0 SVGA Adapter: $74.95:

USB SVGA Adapter
Part No. SW-4132
Mfg. Part No. UVA100
USB SVGA Adapter
click for a better view"

Sunday, January 07, 2007

instructables : The Peaucellier's Cell - Draw a straight line with linkages: step 3: Making the Linkage

instructables : The Peaucellier's Cell - Draw a straight line with linkages

400 videos from MIT

400 videos from MIT
including 88 on Innovation/Invention, among them...

Information Visualization

Visual Literacy: An E-Learning Tutorial on Visualization for Communication, Engineering and Business

A very rich website including these

Knowledge Maps of Researchers and Methods in the Visualization Field

The last one in particular is a very powerful and accessible compendium of interesting visualizations. This may be THE best place to dive into the field of Information Visualization....

Sofware visualization

Software visualization and engineering

Visualization studies

Visualization Studies

Visualization studies

Periodic Table

Download PDF file
"Towards A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods for Management"

Bachelor of Innovation (TM)

Bachelor of Innovation (TM) University of Colorado

Components of Innovation We see 4 major components of innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Creative Communications and Globalization, all of which come together in the BI family. And of innovation needs creative people, like you, in the BI program.