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San Fran Start Up Seeks to Reinvent Conversations

San Fran start-up Expect Labs has introduced a new technology platform called Anticipatory Computing Engine. The company's voice and video-calling app for the iPad called MindMeld, can analyze your conversation in real time, identify the conversation's topic and then finds relevant information from Facebook and the Web, such as videos, pictures and articles, for your conversation. Once the app matches relevant content for your conversation, you can share the data with whomever you're talking with. As the conversation changes, MindMeld stays current with the topics. 

Using advanced language modeling and analysis, MindMeld can understand the past 10 minutes of your conversation to predict the information you may need in the next 10 seconds. 

MindMeld is currently in closed beta, but is expected to be available for download in October. 


T(ether) Augmented Reality Glove Recreates the iPad

Ready to go all Minority Report on your iPad? Now, you can use the device without ever touching the screen, using T(ether), an augmented reality glove. T(ether) enables Apple fans to control their tablets with simple hand gestures and even create virtual environments on their iPad.

The glove lets users manipulate objects on the screen: picking them up, dropping them, pushing them aside or creating a new object by tracing the shape’s outline.

T(ether) can also be used by several people to collaborate on the same virtual environment. Vicon motion capture cameras track and spatially annotate the position and orientation of the tables, user’s heads and hands in real-time.

T(ether) was developed at the MIT media lab. Its creators explain their vision:

T(ether) is a novel spatially aware display that supports intuitive interaction with volumetric data. The display acts as a window affording users a perspective view of 3-dimensional data through tracking of head position and orientation. T(ether) creates a 1:1 mapping between real and virtual coordinate space allowing immersive exploration of the joint domain.

Our system creates a shared workspace in which co-located or remote users can collaborate in both the real and virtual worlds. The system allows input through capacitive touch on the display and a motion-tracked glove. When placed behind the display, the user’s hand extends into the virtual world, enabling the user to interact with objects directly.


On the Horizon: iPads and iPhones That Personalize Via Facial Recognition

Apple wants to build a world in which the iPad and iPhone are for the whole family. Literally.

The company applied for a patent last week that would enable its devices to recognize a user through its camera and then personalize its desktop, applications, contacts, favorites and more. Personalization facial recognition software isn't just a simple security device. This type of "visual log-on" would enable multiple people to share a single device, while still enjoying a personalized user experience.

The patent filing describes a "low-computation solution for reasonably effective (low threshold) face recognition that can be implemented on camera-equipped consumer portable appliances." That means that the facial recognition software will focus on each user's "high information portions," including eyes, mouth and nose. Since the software won't require a lot of time or battery power to identify these easily distinguishable features, battery life should be a non-issue.

So all you'd have to do is pick up your iPad and look into the camera. Even if another user was just logged in, the new software should automatically call up your settings. Maybe this feature won't be popular for iPhones, but I see a lot of people getting into this for the iPad. After all, who wants someone else's apps cluttering up their device?


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Photofly Brings 3-D Models to the Masses: According to the New York Times, Autodesk's Photofly is turning thousands of digital photos into 3D models in seconds. Originally for professionals, they're seeing a ton of adoption by consumers to transform pictures of battleships, Lego men and crab arms, among others. See above. 

iPhone Camera Apps to Bring out the Best Photographer in You: From the Chicago Sun-Times list of top iPhone apps to take pictures, edit them...and 'synth' them. That last one is definitely intriguing. 

Apple Exploring Augmented Reality for iPad -- New Target for Pickpockets? patent filing published this week suggests real-time 3D mapping is coming to iPads soon. More details here. May beat using a paper map, a tourist walking around an unknown city with an pricey iPad makes for an awfully easy target for pickpockets.

Court OKs Airport Body Scanners: Wired piece from earlier today reported that a federal appeals court has declined to block the government from using body scanners in airports nationwide. Might be a good opportunity for all of us to take a another look at Privates


Another Dumb Thief Targets Security Tradeshow

Another dumb criminal tried to steal something from another security conference.

At last week's, International Security Conference in Las Vegas, two suspects gained entry to the show with bogus credentials. While one suspect distracted staff at the Advanced Technology Video booth, the second suspect -- the one in the black Chargers shirt -- lifted the iPad. The video security system caught the whole act. 

"On the first day of the show, we noticed that our demo iPad went missing," said Duncan Havlin, vice president of sales and marketing for ATV. "None of my staff had the device so we reviewed the video recording of the booth and watched the entire episode unfold.  I was amazed at how foolish this guy was, stealing at a video security expo!"

Thanks to what Las Vegas police called "outstanding video," the iPad was recovered and the suspect was arrested over the weekend.  He was charged with Grand Larceny for the theft and Burglary for forging his credentials to gain entry. Charges were not filed against the other suspect -- the one in the green Chargers shirt -- who claimed he had nothing to do with the crime.  The video seems to back up his story.