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Friday
Sep022011

The View from Above: InHardFocus Round-up (September 2, 2011)

Menswear tries Augmented Reality on for size: Luxury Daily and others are covering the latest industry to get on-board Augmented Reality-based marketing, menswear. British designer Dunhill is rolling out an AR campaign using the Aurasma Lite app, which consumers could use to transtate print advertisements into interactive videos of distinguished, obviously well-dressed men. See video above for a demo.

Cell phone tracking for the right reasons: We’ve covered recent developments with ‘locationgate,’ where companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google have been caught collecting Wi-Fi and smartphone users’ locations for less than transparent purposes. While certainly the legality of these actions are in question, there are situations where mining location data can actually save lives. As Fast Company describes in a recent article, researcher Linus Bengtsson and his colleagues at Sweden’s Karlinska Intitutet and Columbia University have found a way to capture and translate cell phone activity in order to predict movement of people after disasters. Imagine how useful this could be in applying aid, resources and people after earthquakes, wars or disease outbreaks.

Your favorite photo sharing app hits 200 million photos: Instagram, the company that’s putting warm and fuzzy filters on your memories, has seen explosive growth since it launched 10 months ago. We’re excited to see where this company goes, which as TechCrunch points out, should be on the Android platform for starters. In other news, Gizmodo features Instamap, an app for the iPad that allows people to browse Instagram photos with nifty (and stalkerish) location tagging and search features.

Friday
Jul222011

The View From Above: In Hard Focus Round-up (July 22, 2011)

Robots Using Kinect to Understand Surroundings: Two students at Cornell University are teaching robots to understand their surroundings and identify objects around them using none other than a Microsoft Kinect. As noted in the article on New Scientist, Kinect overcomes pitfalls in previous attempts, allowing robots a better system for understanding shape and color when evaluating objects. Check out the video above to see them in action. Also interesting - Carnegie Mellon's Daniel Huber notes outside of this study, Kinect sensors will make a big impact on the field computer vision as a whole. 

Instagram Comes Down With Bieber Fever: Looks like Justin Bieber is doing more than selling out stadiums; he's almost shut down mobile photo-sharing service Instagram too. According to TechCrunch, the singer shared his first picture on the service yesterday and Instagram saw a massive influx of traffic immediately following, almost shutting its servers down. 

AR Coming to a Vehicle Near You? Toyota is working on an AR concept called "Window to the World" that will allow passengers the ability to interact with the elements outside -- through the window. Just as kids draw shapes on fogged-up or dirty glass windows, the idea is to allow passengers to traces images on a window -- but with this technology, the images would become integrated with the landscape and stay in place as the car drives away. According to CNET, the window will let viewers identify, zoom in on and translate objects in another language, gauge distances of landmarks and -- our favorite -- help them identify constellations in the sky.