Predator: A camera that learns

Predator: A camera that learns

Summary: Check out this video from Zdenek Kalal in Surrey, UK. He's built an extremely smart camera that can track and recognize faces, among other things.

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Check out this video from Zdenek Kalal in Surrey, UK. He's built an extremely smart camera that can track and recognize faces, among other things. Imagine the ideas that could come to fruition with this kind of technology.

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  • RE: Predator: A camera that learns

    Pervert! =D
    slickjim
  • He needs to come work for us.

    There's a half-dozen uses he didn't mention that could be decisive, including auto-targeting systems and other defense applications. Burning the algorithm into custom silicon could make it very fast indeed, and add new forms of image stabilization to digital cameras.
    terry flores
    • A novel visual tracking technology...

      The ALIEN Visual Tracker application IS OUT!
      Download it here: http://www.micc.unifi.it/pernici/
      (available for Windows7 64bit).

      The ALIEN visual tracker is a generic visual object tracker achieving state of the art performance. The object is selected at run-time by drawing a bounding box around it and then its appearance is learned and tracked as time progresses. The ALIEN tracker has been shown to outperform other competitive trackers, especially in the case of long-term tracking, large amount of camera blur, low frame rate videos and severe occlusions including full object disappearance.

      The scientific paper introducing the technology behind the tracker will appear at the 12th European Conference in Computer Vision 2012 under the following title:
      • FaceHugger: The ALIEN Tracker Applied to Faces. In Proceedings of European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) - DEMO Session -- 2012 Florence Italy.
      A real time demo of the released downloadable application (http://www.micc.unifi.it/pernici/) will also be given during the conference [1].
      Video demos showing the capability of this novel technology may be seen here http://www.youtube.com/user/pernixVision.
      pernixxx
  • RE: Predator: A camera that learns

    Sounds like a good defense tool for citizen and country alike! Imagine that someone happens to be kidnapped. A security camera captures an image of the person who instigated this act. That image could then be sent nation wide to all of the security cameras in use. The instigator then crosses unknowingly another security camera. That image capture and location are instantly sent to the local authorities. It would not be long before an arrest and a rescue attempt would occur! Then again, it could be used in something similar to 1984 (the book).

    You make your own decision on this. They are just two instances that came to mind.
    warriorpoetess
    • RE: Predator: A camera that learns

      @warriorpoetess Speaking of 1984, I am sure Jobs is in negotiations to buy the company right now!
      slickjim
      • RE: Predator: A camera that learns

        @Peter Perry
        But then like apple lost Kinect, they would lose this too, if he is really negotiating with them ;-)
        Ram U
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  • RE: Predator: A camera that learns

    I believe most of this, if not all, is already out there but possibly not from only one source.
    WardChristman
  • looks like the iSee software that came with my web camera.

    it can track my face too.
    that tech has been around for a long time.
    it's doubtful that the image recognition code could be put on the same die as the camera.
    the big boys have been trying.
    if he could put it all on a flash card and run it on a low-grade android tablet he might have something to boast about.
    we'll see.

    :)
    .
    wessonjoe
  • RE: Predator: A camera that learns

    Nice camera! It could be used and added to security cameras and other tracking tech. In this day of security, I could see this used to find people in a croud and from a Helicopter or Airplane or on Military Ships, tanks,trucks and more I could see. I would like one or several myself for security to get a nice face shot with tracking. But very nice tech....
    QuietStormX
  • RE: Predator: A camera that learns

    I guess this would work good in a big crowd so if anyone starts anything, their face would be shown.
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