Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) has been one of the most exciting fields to have come into prominence in the last few years. Back when people starting working aggressively on computer graphics, great innovations took place. Today, we have 3D movies with high end computer graphics, but it is still on the screen inside our machines. People then started to think how to pull the graphics out of the screen and integrate them into real world. The result of this effort was augmented reality. It tries to blur the line between what’s real and what’s virtual. It enhances our perception of reality. You can take a look at this video to see what I’m talking about. How does this technology work? How does it track the marker?   Continue reading

How Do We Recognize Objects?

Look around and you will see a lot of day to day objects. You recognize them almost instantaneously and involuntarily. You don’t have to wait for a few minutes after looking at a table to understand that it is in fact a table. Machines, on the other hand, find it very difficult to do this task. People have been working for decades to find a solution to this problem, but they have only been able to achieve an accuracy of around 65%. Why is it so hard for machines to recognize and categorize objects like humans? What’s so difficult here? We do it everyday and we get it right almost every single time. What’s the missing link? This is actually the holy grail of computer vision!   Continue reading

Looking Into The Future With Google Glass

Unless you shut down all your gadgets and hid yourself in a dark alley with absolutely no connection to the rest of the world, you would have heard that the Google I/O conference started on June 27. It is one of the most exciting events in the realm of tech innovation. Google came up with a couple of new devices – A 7-inch Android Jelly Bean tablet called Nexus 7 and a social media streaming device called Nexus Q. But that’s not what this blog post is about. I want to talk about the insanely cool Google Glass demo that they presented in the conference. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can see it here. This reminded all of us why we love and adore Google. The technology falls in the category of Wearable Computing. When they started it out a few years ago, it sounded very futuristic, but not anymore. It’s here and we just saw it!   Continue reading