ICAD Kinect Demos….

Arduino, Bluetooth, Canon, Computer Vision, Electronics, Gesture, Google, graphics, image recognition, Kinect, Physical Computing, Research, robotics, Ryerson University, Second Life, Technology
On May 17, 2011 Ryersons' Interactive Computing Applications and Design Group (ICAD) demonstrated their latest projects. The session starts with a demonstration of using Microsoft Kinect hardware to control a computer mouse. Next, the group shows the use of a gestural interface to control Google Earth, followed by a demo of using Kinect to control a avatar in Second Life. The session continues with a demonstration of a potential application to control a small arduino based robot over bluetooth using gestures. Following this the ICAD staff show the use of Kinect as a tracking and control mechanism for a Point-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera. This approach allows them to track up to five people without active trackers. The data from the Kinect camera is used to instruct the PTZ camera where to…
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YES….You will buy one of these for your DSLR too!!!

Canon, DCinema
So I've been hearing a lot of whining about the new Canon 5D MKII's being used as 35 mm cinema cameras. Everything from "Where is the fast auto focus?" -- and here I thought 35 mm film gear was all about manual focus and adjustments -- to "So how do I add filters/mattebox and such?". Well fear not, Redrock Micro is here to save the day . Their new product "cinematization kit" -- specifically designed to 5D MKII -- is destined to ship November 1, ahead of the Canon camera.Redrock accessories for Canon 5D MKII transforms the DSLR into production-ready cinema solutions by providing:Rock-solid 15mm support systemFollow focus for accurate and repeatable focusingSwing-away mattebox for light management and easy access to changing lensesShoulder mount and handgrips for steady handheld useSupport cage…
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Disruptive Tech: Canon 5D MKII to shake up the DCinema Scene….

Canon, DCinema, Disruptive Technology, RED EPIC
When Canon announced their new 5D MKII DSLR Camera everyone was wowed by the 21MP sensor and all the other new goodies. What everyone has missed/neglected is the fact that this little beauty has the potential to become the new RED Camera. You see, with it's 2K video output (1080P) in quicktime RAW format at 30 fps and superb low-light performance, Canon has created a dynamite hybrid camera for the photo jounalists (or anyone who doesn't want to spend 20-30K on a RED camera). Vincent Laforet has done a very in depth review of this camera's video capabilities on his blog (video is upcoming). To quote Vincent: It produces the best video in low light that I’ve ever seen - at 1080p. A top commercial film editor who who regularly edits RED camera footage…
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