It is not a terribly far stretch. In the last decade, GoPro has built a large and passionate following on YouTube and other Internet sites with its adrenaline-soaked and professionally made videos of surfers riding through barrels of waves and skiers parachuting off snow-covered cliffs. Customers have independently uploaded millions of their own videos, too. And many happily label the clips with the term GoPro, which has become a sort of shorthand for action shots.
GoPro's small point-of-view shooters are best known for stunt footage taken on (and high above) the Earth's surface. But these video cameras also excel in the depths, thanks to great lowlight performance and an ultra-wide-angle fixed lens. (If you have an hour, hop on YouTube and search "GoPro underwater.") The latest model, the Hero3+ Black Edition, includes a separate housing that's waterproof to 131 feet, and records video in up to 4K resolution (or a burst of still shots at 30 frames per second) via a 12-megapixel sensor. Screw it onto a hand-held pole mount and you'll be able to grab up-close imagery of fish you're stalking. Or turn the camera back toward you to snap the ultimate underwater selfie
Asap54 is an image recognition app that can match photos of clothing and accessories to identical or similar products stored in its database, making items easier for shoppers to find and directing them to retailer sites.
Move over ESPN, MLB Advanced Media is piloting new player tracking technology which will bring Big Data to defensive plays
“The cameras went through a pilot test last year at Citi Field, and track the trajectory and speed of a ball, and show the path it takes. Simultaneously, they recognize where defenders are on the field, and how far they are from where the ball will land; it then tracks their actual paths, and how optimal they were. One of the examples used was a fly ball hit to left-center: Jason Heyward tracked it and caught it, running at a top speed of over 18 miles per hour, accelerating at 15.1 feet per second, and taking a path that took 83.2 feet, compared to the 80.9-foot optimal path. This is a 97 percent-efficient path, and was far faster than that of the left fielder, whose stats we also see. (Also tracked: reaction time, which is both useful and cool.) This will happen for every single ball put into play.
For now, the plan is for the cameras to be in three ballparks this year—Miller Park in Milwaukee, Target Field in Minnesota, and a second season at Citi Field—and every park in the league by 2015. Like PITCHf/x, it will be made available in near-realtime for broadcast and highlights.”
“This summer, the reach of facial-recognition software will grow further still. As part of its Next-Generation Identification (NGI) program, the FBI will roll out nationwide access to more than 16 million mug shots, and local and state police departments will contribute millions more. It’s the largest, most comprehensive database of its kind, and it will turn a relatively exclusive investigative tool into a broad capacity for law enforcement. Officers with no in-house face-matching software—the overwhelming majority—will be able to submit an image to the FBI’s servers in Clarksburg, West Virginia, where algorithms will return a ranked list of between 2 and 50 candidates.
The $1.2-billion NGI program already collects more than faces. Its repositories include fingerprints and palm prints; other biometric markers such as iris scans and vocal patterns may also be incorporated. “
but before you yell privacy violation consider this
“Facial recognition, on the other hand, never identifies a subject—at best, it suggests prospects for further investigation. In part, that’s because faces are mutable. Fingerprints don’t grow mustaches, and DNA can’t throw on a pair of sunglasses. But faces can sprout hair and sag with time and circumstance. People can also resemble one another, either because they have similar features or because a low-resolution image tricks the algorithm into thinking they do.”
and the Cara facial recognition Reebok uses in some of its stores (in graph) and casinos in Macau and elsewhere are using are just as sophisticated
“There are around 100,000 cameras installed in Macau's casinos, according to industry estimates, with room potentially for another 50,000 over the next five years. "
It's allowed firms such as ours who deal with cutting-edge surveillance technology and video analytics to gain a good loyal customer base in Macau," Graham said.
Bob Ruggles, Pelco's Asia-Pacific business development manager based in Macau, said Asian demand had "allowed us to push our products to the limit" of innovation.
In contrast, he said casinos in Las Vegas had been slow to adapt to advances in digital technology, and some were still using VCR tape, in part because of the costs associated with replacing old analogue systems. "No one (in Macau) uses analogue anymore. Those days are gone," he said”
So, at the Microsoft conference in Atlanta my wife and I took a tour of the CNN studio here. I wanted to see John King’s Magic Wall – Microsoft now owns Perceptive Pixel which provided that technology. There’s Necco Ceresani, our guide using an older CNN model.
We also got to ride an escalator right up to the 8th floor – beats by a long shot one in the underground train in Prague which seemed to go on for ever.
We saw the extremely elaborate and expensive jibs,cranes and cameras in Studio 7
We watched the hive of activity which is the news room, where over a thousand stories are evaluated each day and breaking news worthy ones can move from this room to our screens in as little as 5 minutes
Finally, Margaret got to audition as an anchor – a bit soft spoken but glad it was a story about Apple, a company she has come to know very well with her new MacBook Pro.
“The neurocam is the world's first wearable camera system that automatically records what interests you.
It consists of a headset with a brain-wave sensor and connects to an iPhone. The system estimates whether you're interested in something from the brain-waves captured by the sensor, and uses the iPhone's camera to record the scenes that appear to interest you.”