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Is an Emotion Decoding Software a Helper or an Intruder?

May 25, 2010 Leave a comment

I read some time ago that a computer program called Magnify is able to decode the human voice and identify the person’s emotional state in real time. The program works by tearing apart the person’s voices, separating frequencies and measuring the qualities, such as intensity and intonation, of these wavelengths. It is used by some American companies in their call centers in the US.

However 17 to 24 percent of the time Magnify failed in its judgment. According to eXaudios – the company that developed the program – it was because that the person’s medical condition distorted his speech, like autism or schizophrenia. Therefore the company is working on identifying personal diseases as well.

My first reaction was that it sounds pretty cool. With smart phones we are already like carrying our personal assistant around, Read more…

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Child Robot, how does my brain work at all?

April 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Human are probably the most self obsessed creature on earth. We are fascinated about ourselves: how we become alive, why we are curious and learning, how we use cognition developing skills and become who we are today…

We have already created many different ways studying it in both science and sociology field. Somehow I felt that our favorite method is always the direct way: to just crack the skull and observe how our brain code evolve. However, we can’t do that. So why not develop a robot that can learn like a human and then we will crack and analyze his brain code 😉

Viola! That is the thinking behind the iCub humanoid robot.

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Wireless charging: one step closer to the dream

April 1, 2010 1 comment

I don’t know if everyone else has the same feeling but every time when I looked at my charging corner, a practical tangled wire jungle where I try to identify plug-in ends of different charging devices , it just makes me sick.

When we are getting all excited about all the fancy facade of wireless handsets, we tend to ignore the important backyard pain: charging. Couldn’t it be cleanly wireless also?

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Focus topic: virtual box simulator

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

We talked about GM testing to use AR in windshield for the benefit of a car driver last week. Today we introduce another practical example: Virtual Box Simulator, a simple online AR tool which has already been up running US Postal Service since sept 2009.

It is a marker-based AR applet, very simple to use: print out a marker on your paper and point your webcam at it: a 3D virtual box that fits to the paper size will appear. Try it yourself at the website here.

Or check it out here.