The Predator tracking software, as any good predator should be, is an incredibly keen hunter. Once shown any object, such as a face or a car, the camera learns to recognize and follow the object with frightening accuracy.
The algorithm was developed by Zdenek Kalal, a PhD student at the University of Surrey in England, who we can see rolling around on his desk chair in this video demonstration of the camera's tracking abilities. After selecting something for Predator to focus on with a bounding box, the system begins recognizing patterns, learning how that object looks at different distances and angles, and even finding it amongst a sea of similar objects. When Kalal tells Predator to track his face, it is able to pick him out of a page full of small photos of other people.
Kalal does an excellent job of explaining the potential uses for the technology, moving beyond the obvious implications for security and identifying criminals. The video demonstrates how you can use the algorithm to track animals, stabilize videos by focusing on one object, or even create a makeshift mouse as the system tracks your fingers.
Holy crap. That's amazing. I can't wait until this is part of After Effect CS25 :P . The tracking features now are decent, but if all I'd need to do is choose an object and it will track the object perfectly, I'd be a very happy VFX artist :P .
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Or you can put it in a wearable HMI and use a shoulder mounted turret to shoot things with!
Very cool and it works so fluidly on his (probably) standard desktop computer.
There are so many applications for this.
Guys gonna be rich....
This is truly incredible.. it's almost scary! @Convictus true every security company and government in the world will want this guy!
It'll be just like the movie "Minority Report"... Hello Mr. Yakamoto, how are those buttonfly 501 jeans working out for you?
This is one of those incredible pieces of technology which will either be embraced by various fields or buried when the true scope of it comes to be.
Now, imagine this system on a military robot that is able to find, target, and shoot targets on its own (the video of the car reminded me of a gun cam of a military helicopter, for example). scary. and AWESOME!
Or even better, a system that is able to self-define objects based off of observations, and "learn" to see just as we humans do as children. again... AWESOME!
This tracker will be nuttin but trouble; a force for evil.
I want to work for you dude.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need employees to do anything....
If you're interested I can send you my resume. Let me know.
"This tracker will be nuttin but trouble; a force for evil."
Every single scientific advancement ever made by the human species is, or can be made to be evil. But without them, there are no advancements to be made.
For every malevolent purpose this technology is utilized, there will be 100 amazing and peaceful applications along side it.
Stop associating technology with death/destruction/evil and start exposing the deadly/destructive/evil humans who use it as such.
I can't decide whether to run away screaming or to celebrate the awesomeness.
This is nothing but AMAZING, yes full capitals. Imagine the wide areas of use of this software, if tweaked.
1. 99% of waiting in queues for yor ticket, at the airport, is gone. Facial recognition combined with the iris system is going to knock out most of the waiting time. Frequent flyers will love this. Technically, anything you buy online, with your "facial profile", for e.g. tickets to concert, sport event, etc, will be printed instantly without lots of ID-s, Codes and so on, in ticket booths 100 times faster.
2. Facial recognition database, what you can see on movies can be real finally. Selecting criminals in videos of huge crowds could be easy-easier. Connecting this to ATM videocameras, which are technically all over the cities, and traffic cameras, and known criminals will be identified easily.
3. And of course, military purposes. Automatic drones with cameras, looking for enemies, sent to caves, small villages, scanning areas from distance. Automatic tracking of moving targets, tanks, planes. For e.g. imagine a stealth aircraft, which is visible, but only for the eye, no heat signature, no radar sign, only the visual. This way, they can be tracked.
4. Hotel check-ins, especially your frequent ones. Just stand in front of the kiosk, scan your face, agree on payment methods, and go. Key is printed, welcome package on its way, you have saved 10 minutes a week. For someone, who spends 40 weeks a year in hotels, just saved more than 6 hours a year.
5. Anything which includes recognition. Online banking safer, payments at your grocery store...anything.
6. Finding lost people, uniting families. How many people disappears a year, and how many is found? How many could be found, with proper technology?
The list could go on for pages. This is Awesome.
On another note...He said at the beginning of his video "this red dot is the result of my PhD thesis". This has got to be the BEST PhD defence that I have ever seen.
is it just me, or do a lot of the smart, young innovators look like Toboscus?
I 100% agree. amazing!!!! i also agree. the options are endless.
Powerful camera.Tracking ways are various.
Personally, the concept of the Predator seems quite ground-breaking. I've heard that motion-tracking has been around a while, but I've never seen it done as well as it was in the video. The sheer amount of possibilities here, much as Kalal explained in his video, are endless. The only thing disappointing here was that he decided to withhold the source code for Predator (it was originally to be released on his site). It would have allowed others to help improve, modify, and maybe even use the code for more specific functions.
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I hate some of the possible uses but it's an interesting technology.