I have to admit that I am in awe of the most amazing "Moustache Camera" I saw at Design West.
This little beauty was created by Jason Kridner, who is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Texas Instruments (TI). The easiest way to describe this little rascal (the camera, not Jason) is to walk you through the photograph below:
In the background we see Jason, who was sitting across the table from yours truly (me). In the middle of the right-hand-side of the picture we see a video camera sitting on top of a small display screen. This video camera is pointing at me.
You can see me in the image on the small display screen at the bottom of this picture. In my hands I'm holding my own digital camera, which I'm using to take this photograph (I know, it's confusing, isn’t it).
The important point to note is that I'm sporting a big bushy moustache in the image on the small screen. Of course I don’t actually have a moustache – Jason's camera / system is superimposing this on the image for me.
All of this is happening in real-time using OpenCV and a face-detection algorithm running on a TI processor. It's possible to cycle through a selection of moustaches. Also, as you move your head from side-to-side or you move your face toward or away from the camera, the system automatically moves and resizes the selected moustache appropriately on-the-fly.
The way this was set up at Design West was that Jason roamed around the show taking pictures of people. Every time he took a picture, it was immediately Tweeted and – in addition to appearing on Twitter – appeared on a big display screen at the show.
Of course some naysayers may say that this is a foolish use of technology (believe it or not they laughed at my wireless mesh networked propeller beanies
). In reality, my propeller beanies and Jason's moustache camera are just fun implementations of technologies that have wide-ranging real-world applications.
Meanwhile, I don’t know about you, but I would love it if my own digital camera had this capability – apart from anything else it would be great at parties...
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