27 Feb 2013

#Listen To Color

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but this device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color — and yes, even listen to faces and paintings. It is a great idea to transform visual signals into different wavelength which enlarges human ability to sense. It is still disappointing that the device can only generate sound right now. If it can recognize color and shapes and even depth and relationships of objects in space and convert it into real visual signal directly to human brain, this will be revolutionary.

#Google Driveless Cars

The driveless car is not a new concept all, even for the real implementation. You may track back to automated car experiment by Mecedez in 1995. Thrun was criticized in this talk for the reason he didn’t understated the value of other pioneers in this field. The video below is a keynote speech by Ernst DickManns with introduction of automated car.

One reason for Google to introduce driveless car is it is safer than cars driven by human. This is doubtful and even controversial among people who insist on freedom of driving. The car in the future must by designed for autonomousness rather than a car that is designed to be driven can drive automatically.

#Photo-real Digital Face

This project is good, since it generate a highly simulated face which is very close to human face. However, there are several deficiencies yet. Due to uncanny valley, you can still tell it is a digital face and the movement in this real-time is static.

TED Talks on Computer Vision