Sci-Fi to Sci-Fact
How Computer Vision Will Change AR and the World




       Ben Newhouse. April 21, 2010.
Sci-Fi as a Lens

      Space Flight - Jules Verne
Weather Control - John Jacob Astor IV
           TV - H.G. Wells
      ...
New Vision: AR
Augmented Reality

 To abolish the interface between the digital
                 and the real
Turn everything you see int...
Today’s Topic
Sensors define the reality we wish to augment
   Computer vision is crucial to this reality
Agenda

• Yelp Monocle
• Ideas that matter in Computer Vision
• A Concrete Example
• Conclude
Yelp Monocle
•   Built by yours truly

•   Point your phone down
    the street, see ratings
    and names overlaid on
   ...
Sensor Data is Dirty


GPS coordinates are
accurate to ~+/-50m (i.e.
an entire city block)




      This is where I actua...
Yesterday   Tomorrow
Keep In Mind
 What piece(s) of hardware
is each technology replacing?
Optical Character
      Recognition




iPhone Handwritten Digit OCR circa Fall 2009
Chinese OCR circa ?
Motion Tracking




Head-Controlled Mouse Circa Winter 2007
Virtual DJ Deck circa ?
3D Reconstruction




UNC Realtime Urban Reconstruction circa Fall 2007
3D Store Inventory Scanning circa ?
Even Simpler Things
Need Computer Vision
                 Square
   Valued at $40 million before launch
Provides a audio j...
Why bother with hardware, when 45
 lines of code and a camera will do
             the same?




Credit Card Recognition c...
And Many More

Logo and Storefront Recognition
     Barcodes/QR Codes
   Medical Image Diagnostics
    (Cool new Yelp thin...
The Revolution Is
  Happening Now
   Real-time camera access in iPhone 4.0
           (public release in June)

HD Video d...
In Conclusion
 Cameras will define our future augmented reality


 In doing so they will further the software crusade


 Th...
Ben Newhouse's Presentation at Emerging Communication Conference & Awards 2010 America
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  • Hi

  • more than just putting a dinosaur by the golden gate bridge. More than using your orientation as search parameters.





  • But this was yesterday, tomorrow, it will be all about the cameras (change the polaroid photo)

  • Need a better picture (NIST examples).
    Replacing? Humans reading, dictionaries, pen readers

  • mention head mouse

    Replacing? Mouse, other I/O

  • replacing? LADAR







  • Ben Newhouse's Presentation at Emerging Communication Conference & Awards 2010 America

    1. 1. Sci-Fi to Sci-Fact How Computer Vision Will Change AR and the World Ben Newhouse. April 21, 2010.
    2. 2. Sci-Fi as a Lens Space Flight - Jules Verne Weather Control - John Jacob Astor IV TV - H.G. Wells Jetpacks
    3. 3. New Vision: AR
    4. 4. Augmented Reality To abolish the interface between the digital and the real Turn everything you see into the medium
    5. 5. Today’s Topic Sensors define the reality we wish to augment Computer vision is crucial to this reality
    6. 6. Agenda • Yelp Monocle • Ideas that matter in Computer Vision • A Concrete Example • Conclude
    7. 7. Yelp Monocle • Built by yours truly • Point your phone down the street, see ratings and names overlaid on store fronts • Reality defined by compass, accelerometer and GPS.
    8. 8. Sensor Data is Dirty GPS coordinates are accurate to ~+/-50m (i.e. an entire city block) This is where I actually am
    9. 9. Yesterday Tomorrow
    10. 10. Keep In Mind What piece(s) of hardware is each technology replacing?
    11. 11. Optical Character Recognition iPhone Handwritten Digit OCR circa Fall 2009
    12. 12. Chinese OCR circa ?
    13. 13. Motion Tracking Head-Controlled Mouse Circa Winter 2007
    14. 14. Virtual DJ Deck circa ?
    15. 15. 3D Reconstruction UNC Realtime Urban Reconstruction circa Fall 2007
    16. 16. 3D Store Inventory Scanning circa ?
    17. 17. Even Simpler Things Need Computer Vision Square Valued at $40 million before launch Provides a audio jack dongle to read cards Struggling to meet hardware demand
    18. 18. Why bother with hardware, when 45 lines of code and a camera will do the same? Credit Card Recognition circa Last Night at 2 a.m.
    19. 19. And Many More Logo and Storefront Recognition Barcodes/QR Codes Medical Image Diagnostics (Cool new Yelp things)
    20. 20. The Revolution Is Happening Now Real-time camera access in iPhone 4.0 (public release in June) HD Video decoding chips can be co-opted for computer vision
    21. 21. In Conclusion Cameras will define our future augmented reality In doing so they will further the software crusade The restraining factor is not technology, it’s is the ambition to execute. Let’s make Sci-Fi become Sci-Fact Thanks for listening! (follow @newhouseb for more)

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