Computer Vision for Profit, CCTV as Broadcast and the first Superbike

The Chyron Corporation are the guys using Computer Vision to augment live television. Sports is the obvious low hanging fruit.

How long is it before CCTV becomes  a broadcast channel or genre of itself? Perhaps it already has with Big Brother and the like. Truth is the killer app.


The Brough Superior was the worlds first superbike. Lawrence of Arabia’s motorcycle of choice. The brand has recently been resurrected.


Accelerator on a Chip, Chat and JS AR

A particle accelerator on a chip. From the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.

vLine link gives you free video chat in the browser.

An augmented reality flood fill simulator that uses HTML5.


Dioramas and Projection Mapping, Temboo, Webstreaming via Sockets

Beautiful Dioramas by Lori Nix. Imagine adding projection mapping to these.

“Ever wish your Arduino could respond to the weather on the other side of the world? Or send you an email to let you know what it’s up to? Upload stuff to your Dropbox account? Or detect if you’re at risk of exposure to toxic chemicals?”

Now you can, with the Arduino Yún and Temboo.

Finally, an example of live video streaming via Websockets using HTML5.


Manything, Emmatoc, ‘Pataphysics and Industrial Perception

Manything are a very interesting UK startup for turning your old iPhone or iPad into a CCTV device. A small step to broadcast I’m sure.

Another kind of broadcast, “Writtle Calling: 2emmatoc“:


“Writtle Calling: 2emmatoc is a temporary radio station and structure that will be sited in the Essex landscape during September 2012. The station will host a series of broadcasts by artists, writers, musicians and scientists, culminating in a live public event on the 15th September. The structure will be sited in the grounds of Writtle College, Essex, near the site of the first regular public radio broadcasts by Marconi Engineers in 1922. Transmitting under the call sign ‘2EmmaToc’, the original station broadcast live performances every Tuesday evening from an ex-army hut in the fields around Writtle.”

A guide to ‘Pataphysics.

“The London Institute of ‘Pataphysics has more than 100 fee-paying members, if no formal premises. Mostly artists, they engage in regular activities that can only be described as outrageously pretentious. There’s a Committee of Hirsutism and Pogonotrophy determined on fertilising their beards, a Department of Reconstructive Archaeology building model time machines based on Jarry’s writing and, best of all, the Department of Pottasons whose project is to satirise the other projects.”

Industrial Perception are an interesting company:

Industrial Perception, Inc. (IPI) is a leader in 3D vision-guided robot technology and enables industrial robots to assume challenging logistical tasks such as truck and container unloading, e-commerce fulfillment and package sorting.

IPI is home to some of the world’s foremost authorities and pioneers in machine vision and artificial intelligence, working with a team of industrial automation experts to deliver cutting-edge logistics solutions.

The company’s patented software and advanced sensor technologies provide the capability to scan and model a dynamic 3D environment, identify and precisely locate objects, and optimize (sic) the robot’s trajectory to safely pick and deliver each object to its destination.