Even More Evidence Points to the Ninth Planet

Space is a very humbling thing, just once we think we’ve figured something out we realise there is something else we need to learn. Our very Solar System is an example of that with scientists now claiming that there’s even more proof to back up the evidence of a ninth planet in the solar system.

The ninth planet was first speculated in January by a few scientists, but now it would seem that Mike Brown, a planetary astronomer at Caltech University, believes he’s found even more evidence that our solar system may, in fact, have this mysterious ninth planet. The speculation about a ninth planet has only been helped by the research conducted by Brown and a colleague who originally claimed that the behaviour of six objects in the Kuiper Belt supports the existence of another large and distant object.

The Kuiper Belt is a large cloud of icy objects that orbit the sun, just beyond the reach of Neptune and now it would seem that another object in the belt shares the same behaviour as the six bodies that were previously measured.

There is a lot of room in this theory with the bodies suggesting that their movement has been affected by a large planet somewhere between 200 and 1,200 times the distance between the Sun and the Earth. Mike Brown tweeted saying that the new objects location, matching up with the theory of Planet Nine, does nothing but support the idea of another planet in our system.

With no peer-reviewed journal yet to back the claims for a ninth planet, it’s still up for discussion as we wait and see if our solar system may just gain a ninth planet (I’m sorry Pluto, we don’t mean to replace you).

Remembering Robin Williams 1yr On

Yesterday (August 11th) marked the one year anniversary since the passing of Robin Williams, who was a beloved, charismatic and exciting comedian, actor and personality. Uniqueness is overused within today’s generic saturation of celebrity; Robin Williams was without a doubt unique and creative. His career spanned the silverscreen which included animation to thrillers and everything in between; the diverse acting ability can even be linked within tech, think voiceovers in animated films such as Robots, Aladdin, Flubber and CGI adventures in Night Of The Museum franchise.

A critical aspect of Robin Williams personality was his movement; he could display a wired comic before stepping it down several notches for a moving scene. Below is a video which displays this and comes courtesy of a Vimeo channel video, it begins with a clip from Good Morning Vietnam; I loved this performance because it felt spontaneous, dangerous and exciting.

A comparison of movement is illustrated 1:34 minutes into this video with a clip of One Hour Photo which is below. As you can see, there are two different scenes which are side by side, these could easily contain the same movements, but Robin Williams subtly changes to convey the effect of variation. A person in real life for example walks to work, but they do not walk with the same movements each day, this also conveys the impression of two different days, not the same structured scene which has been repeated.

A clip from Flubber now which is below and illustrates the way Robin Williams acted, I can’t think of many comedians who would be able to successfully convey a story while acting with a CGI non entity, the performance is natural and embodies the character while still managing to project authenticity, it’s also not forced over the top acting for the sake of it, he understands the skills required.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJT2QOpnYb8

I was going to place comedy from Robin Williams below, but, I cannot guarantee the clips won’t contain swearing, therefore I have not, also, there are clips on Youtube from a US show by the name of Shrink Rap, by all means take a look, it’s fascinating. The clip is 46 minutes long and again, I have not uploaded it because of the reason above.

1 year on and the world still misses a genius.

Image Too Blurry to Identify Someone in a Security Footage? Fujitsu Has the Answer

A new image-processing technology has been developed by Fujitsu, who claims that it now can be used to track people even in heavily blurred footage from security cameras. The company states that this tech is the first of its kind that can detect people in low-resolution imagery where faces are indistinguishable.

The technology is said to use computer-vision algorithms in order to analyse the footage and recognize shapes such as head and torso, which remain even if the image is distorted or multiple people in a frame overlap. The algorithm is then compared with footage from different cameras and determines if an individual is the same person by focusing on distinctive colours of a person’s clothing.

Fujitsu said that an indoor test of the system has been performed, having been able to track the paths of 80% of the test subjects. The company also claimed that detecting people’s movement could be useful for retail design, reducing pedestrian congestion in crowded urban areas or improving evacuation routes for emergencies.

Thank you PC World for providing us with this information

Taking Your Dog For A Walk… With a Drone?

Drones are becoming more and more popular nowadays, from Amazon’s announcement of delivery drones to all sorts of drone inventions seen on the internet. Their usefulness in most cases is questionable, but people find all sort of ways to make them useful in the most creative way, such as this one apparently.

If you have a dog and cannot take him for a walk due to your daily activities, you normally hire someone to take him for a walk for you. However, if you don’t find anyone to do it, it’s not the end of the world. At least not for a videographer from New York it seems.

[vimeo width=”800″ height=”600″]http://vimeo.com/95078536[/vimeo]

Jeff Meyers apparently used an AR drone to take his golden retriever for daily walks. From what is seen in the video, the canine friend is not bothered at all and actually enjoys being outside. The drone uses cameras to track the dog’s movement and also check to see if he is ok. So far, there have been no problems and everyone is happy with this method of dog walking.

Some problems may arise along with this innovating move, such as the question of how will the drone pick up the dog’s business when he finishes. But before thinking of those things, people still need to get used to the idea of seeing a drone walking a dog first of all.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information

Image and video courtesy of Mashable

Eye-Tracking Gadget Reportedly In Development By Tobii And SteelSeries

Tobii is known for making eye-tracking technology and it also was the manufacturer that worked with Samsung in bringing eye-tracking technology to the Samsung Galaxy S4 last year. Now it looks like Tobii is working with SteelSeries in bringing an eye-tracking accessory for a mass-market audience.

Tobii’s technology includes a device with a built-in camera that tracks your eyeball’s movements in three dimensions to precisely determine where you are looking at. Tobii will be unveiling the EyeX kit along with SteelSeries at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, where it will be available at a discounted price of $95. The regular kit will cost $195.

The eye-tracking gear allows gamers to undertake in-game actions like aiming a gun in a shooter. In a game like FIFA, it can be used to target the player to pass the ball to, while using a traditional controller to control the actions of a player who already has the ball. Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries, signalled his interest in the technology, saying that, “Eye tracking is something entirely different and exciting for this consumer market, and we are thrilled to be working alongside Tobii and the developer community to deliver an entirely new technology to this industry.”

And its abilities can be leveraged to utilities outside gaming. For instance, if you’re reading a book or a website, the sensor can auto-scroll based on where your eyes are. SteelSeries and Tobii will be demoing the controller at CES 2014, so will know how the controller works in the real world then.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information