Touch the Future

University of Manitoba computer scientists in the Human-Computer Interaction laboratory are the first to develop a lightweight and elegant software solution that leaps over this hurdle: They created See You, See Me. This software is a boon to computer makers like Microsoft who want to develop table top computers and wall displays that many people – like school children in a classroom or architects at a drafting table — can simultaneously interact with.

See You, See Me enables computers to distinguish between user touches with near-perfect accuracy; and if a rare mistake occurs the software provides a quick remedy. It uses the finger orientation extracted from the user’s hand’s shadow to determine where people are and to keep track of who is doing what to the screen” (University of Manitoba)

Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies

Drones Set Sights on U.S. Skies - New York Times

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” ‘As privacy law stands today, you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy while out in public, nor almost anywhere visible from a public vantage,’ said Ryan Calo, director of privacy and robotics at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University. ‘I don’t think this doctrine makes sense, and I think the widespread availability of drones will drive home why to lawmakers, courts and the public.’ ” (Nick Wingfield & Somini Sengupta, NYTimes.com)

And check out these previous posts on drones.

 

Drones: Coming Soon to a Sky Near You?

BROOKE GLADSTONE:

The Gatewing, you said, is illegal in the United States, as opposed to this little Parrot AR thing that sold at Brookstone.

MATT WAITE:

Which is only slightly legal. The law, as it stands right now, is that remote control aircraft pilots can’t fly near people or go above 400 feet. They also cannot use them for commercial purposes. Journalism is considered a commercial purpose.

The law has not caught up to the fact that there are these inexpensive aircraft that can do commercial things. And there are industries that are just waiting to jump in and make a lot of money doing this.  Agriculture, oil and gas – everybody is really interested to hear what the FAA has to say this month. (OnTheMedia)

 

Live Streaming As Activism

Live Streaming As Activism - On The Media

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“There were soccer moms streaming live from soccer games. There were people handing out real time live lectures. So students away from the university could ask questions and interact. A lot of nonprofit organizations picked up the tool here in Sweden. A lot of the political parties started to do press conferences.

Then it sort of moved over during the last years to more activists. Live streaming provides them the opportunity to not be afraid of losing their content, because in scenarios where you’re protesting and the police may confiscate your phones, doing a live stream the content is already out there on the Web.” (Mans Adler, On The Media)