Occipital’s 360 Panorama

Man I am awful at keeping this whole blogging thing up-to-date! HULU UPDATE: As an update on the whole Hulu thing, they had apparently delayed the launch of the pay service (which they’re branding as Hulu Plus) and people can still use the site to see most of the content for free.  I really haven’t had a need to go with Hulu Plus yet, but some of the benefits that make that $9.99 monthly fee worthwhile would be the ability to view Hulu on your iPad, iPhones, internet TVs, and gaming consoles.  Maybe when I want to stream content directly to my PS3, I’ll sign up for it … some day … OCCIPITAL LAUNCHES NEW IPHONE APP: And now onto the main topic of the day.  I don’t know if you all heard, but the folks over at Occipital had sold off their Red Laser application to eBay (congrats guys!). … Continued

Advances in robotics

I’m definitely a sucker for advanced embedded systems … and what’s a cooler application of embedded systems than robots … robots … and more robots! Technology has advanced in great bounds and leaps in recent years, and the sensors on these robotic hands are a testament to these amazing advances.  Incorporating a wide array of sensors from visual sensors to tactile sensors, these robotic hands have the ability to utilize the input data, and be able to process and react to the information in 1/10th of  a second.  This means it can actually dribble a  ping-pong ball, spin a pen, throw a ball, tie knots, grasp a grain of rice with tweezers, and toss/ re-grasp a cellphone all at high speed and accuracy. Check out the video below to see these hands in action!  Definitely quite a bit more impressive than my college auto-tracking ultrasonic sensor fan. 🙂

Jokes with Einstein

Well my friend over at SpinnerDisc.com just came out with another witty engineer / nerdy math joke 🙂  I’m a fan of his “Jokes with Einstein” and “Penguin Calls” and “Tiny Plaid Ninjas”.  It’s that quirky, bizarre, and somewhat emo humor that just keeps you chuckling for more.  Check him out!

Occipital’s iPhone Apps

It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s iPhone apps?!?!  Just thought I’d give some publicity for the Umich guys over at Occipital (Vikas and Jeff – GO BLUE!) and their awesome new app called “Red Laser – The First Accurate iPhone Barcode Scanner” that has been released on the Apple.  iSmashPhone has put together a whole review around it, but the overall gist is that the guys at Occipital have used their uber CS powers in image recognition yet again to put together a nice app that can scan a barcode of any item using the camera of your iPhone, and automatically pull down pricing associated with it.  Yes, this idea may not sound like it’s a completely new one, but I’ve got to say that the speed and quality of this app definitely makes it a forerunner of technology. If you’d like to check out more details … Continued