Have you ever wished that cameras could capture not only an image of the scene in front of them, but also describe it to you in plain English? Ok, what if it bypassed the whole “photo” thing and just spit out a slip of paper with words on it? Well, if you’re still interested, the impressive Matt Richardson (of Make fame) has a project right up your alley. The Descriptive Camera is a relatively simple device really. A Logitech webcam is connected to a BeagleBone dev board, which is in turn plugged into a thermal printer from Adafruit. Obviously, the tech required to analyze a scene recognize the objects then convert that pile of pixels into a slice prose is outside of the budget and capability of your average DIY project. So Matt turned instead to Mechanical Turk, Amazon’s marketplace for HITs or Human Intelligence Tasks. Images captured by the cam are uploaded via the BeagleBone, where an actual person describes what he or she sees and the resulting literature is printed out. For more details and images check out the source.
Gene Roddenberry would have you believe that space is the final frontier. But really, the deep blue sea is more apt for that distinction. And without mega-rich hobbyists to fund exploratory plunges into those uncharted depths, science has had to seek out an alternative, more cost-effective means. Enter the robotic fish. Measuring five feet in [...]
Counting absentee ballots in the 43rd Senate DistrictView video posted Sept. 30, 2012 posted Sept. 30, 2012 posted Sept. 29, 2012 Saratoga County GOP committee chooses Herrick Sunday, September 30, 2012 The new leader of the Saratoga County Republican Committee sees himself as the shepherd of a committee driven by its members. … Subscribers must [...]
By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) – Gunmen in Kenya shot dead a popular Muslim cleric who preached at a mosque linked in the past to Somali Islamist militants, police said on Friday, raising tensions in the port city of Mombasa. The apparent assassination of Sheikh Ibrahim Amor, who died along with three other men [...]
BEIRUT ? Activists say Syrian troops are battling army dissidents in an area near the border with Lebanon and that several people have been killed. The Local Coordination Committees group says 12 people died in the fighting in Wadi Barada, an area near the mountain resort town of Zabadani. It says those killed include five [...]