Archive for February 15th, 2007

OpenCV – Open Source Computer Vision Library

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Thanks to the hard work of 20 developers, there is an open source vision library, freely available to the public, named OpenCV.

This library is mainly aimed at real time computer vision. Some example areas would be Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); Object Identification, Segmentation and Recognition; Face Recognition; Gesture Recognition; Motion Tracking, Ego Motion, Motion Understanding; Structure From Motion (SFM); and Mobile Robotics.

Wondering about some credentials and how well this software works? OpenCV was used as the vision system of “Stanley”, the winning entry to the $2M DARPA Grand Challenge race of 2005.

Yahoo Group Stanley

Wondering what kind of a support community is out there for a vision library of such a caliber? There is a Yahoo Tech Group currently with 23,804 members who are contributing to this library’s success. If your interested in being a part of this community, join this group and find more out about this library and what you need to do to get started with implementing it in your own projects.

Convinced? I thought so. The library can be downloaded at the OpenCV Sourceforge Page, where more information can be found about the library as well.

via Intel

RFID Powder ?!

Thursday, February 15th, 2007
RFID powder

As if the various other permutations and teensyness of RFID weren’t wild enough, here comes Hitachi with its new “powder” 0.05mm x 0.05mm RFID chips. The new chips are 64 times smaller than the previous record holder, the 0.4mm x 0.4mm mu-chips, and nine times smaller than Hitachi’s last year prototype, and yet still make room for a 128-bit ROM that can store a unique 38-digit ID number. The main application is likely to be anti-counterfit, but since the previous mu-chips could be embedded into paper quite easily enough, we’re fairly certain Hitachi is just doing this for bragging rights and potential pepper shaker mixups. Hitachi should have these on the market in two or three years.

Via Engadet via pinktentacle