Wearable Telepresence Robot

I do not know if this is pretty cool or very freaky!

Here is what Engadget says about it:

In what’s likely to be good news for mothers that just can’t seem to cut the cord, a team of Japanese engineers from Yamagata University have crafted a tiny telepresence robot that mounts to your shoulder. Part of this year’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the unsettling cyborg companion, dubbed MH-2 for miniature humanoid, is designed to act like a virtual chaperon or comrade, all depending on the person remotely piloting it. Using a combination of flexible joints, the wee avatar can somewhat mimic its users movements, even going so far as to simulate breathing. At the moment, the tech’s not really ready for primetime, seeing as how the backpack required to power this creation contains about 22 servos — not exactly the most portable of inventions. Still, as with all things cybernetic, this project will only evolve in time, growing more efficient, lightweight and effective at transporting your family and friends wherever you may roam, whether you like it or not. Skip past the break for some en vivo video action.

Photo-Editing Of The Future

Obviously this is only a tech demo of this image editing process and it probably is not as effective as it looks, but still it has completely blown my mind! The potential for the future is insane!

Using this mixed with the process of changing the depth of field in post and you could manipulate nearly anything!

This is not the Depth of Field refocusing video I wanted to show but I cannot find it at the moment, it shows you the idea of it though. Check out the article on Engadget: Adobe shows off plenoptic lenses that let you refocus an image after it’s taken.

Leap 3D- Better Than Kinect?

Leap Motion’s Leap 3D motion control system boast accuracy 100x better than that in Microsoft’s Kinect, although the Kinect is a couple of years old now and it does not look like Leap 3D does full body motion control.

TheVerge.com has more details on it:

Motion control startup Leap Motion has demoed its Leap 3D motion control system, which can track motion to around 0.01mm accuracy — 100 times more accurate than the Kinect. Rather than taking Microsoft’s approach, Leap Motion creates a personal 3D workspace of about four cubic feet. The Leap consists of a small USB device with industry-standard sensors and cameras that, in tandem with the company’s software, can track multiple objects and recognize gestures.

In a demo given to CNET, Leap’s designers showed off OS navigation and web browsing using a single finger, writing, pinch-to-zoom, precision drawing, 3D modeling, and gaming. From what we can see, it looks to be a very precise system, capable of recognizing objects in your hands and tracking them instead of your digits. Leap Motion is releasing an SDK and also handing out free sensors to “qualified developers” that want to develop for the system.

Although Leap Motion is a startup, it has significant funding behind it, and the system is scheduled to launch early next year at $69.99. Leap will be compatible with either Windows or Mac OS X, and is available for (US-only) pre-order from the company’s website. We’ve embedded an official video showing off the Leap’s capabilities beneath, but you can head over to the source link below to watch an additional in-depth preview.