Graffiti tracking

Hi-tech tool tracks city graffiti
“The system – dubbed Graffiti Analysis/Intelligence Tracking System (GAITS) – takes pictures of graffiti, using GPS cameras that record the date, time and exact location. It then extracts information from the photographs and provides reports of each incident of graffiti which can be matched against other graffiti stored on a computer database in an effort to track down the perpetrator.”
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BBC NEWS

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Fast facial recognition

Better Face-Recognition Software
“Sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the match up of face-recognition algorithms showed that machine recognition of human individuals has improved tenfold since 2002 and a hundredfold since 1995. Indeed, the best face-recognition algorithms now perform more accurately than most humans can manage. Overall, facial-recognition technology is advancing rapidly.”
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Technology Review

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Robotic mediation

Robots to help children to form relationships
“The idea is that the robot will be a mediator for human contact, said Dr. Robins. We are seeing already that through interacting with the robot, children who would not normally mix are becoming interested in getting involved with other children and humans in general and we believe that this work could pave the way for having robots in the classroom and in homes to facilitate this interaction.”
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gizmag Article

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Sensor clothing

Reconfigurable Costume
“Leah Buechley’s reconfigurable costume consists of a torso piece and an assortment of sensing appendages that can be snapped to the torso. Sensors in the appendages include muscle flex sensors, accelerometers, bend sensors and touch sensors. Sensor data is relayed to a computer, via a bluetooth module embedded in the torso, where it can be used to control or generate music, video and other multimedia content.”
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