Scramble Face service geared toward Internet users looking to protect their online presence

In a world with new computer vision-related software being introduced regularly, it’s no surprise that many consumers feel as though there is nothing they can do to protect themselves against an unwanted invasion of privacy.

However, just as companies come out with new facial recognition technology and algorithm-based programs, there are other companies that are helping customers gain a bit more control over how much of a presence they have on the web.

One example is VersusMedia, a Los Angeles-based company which launched Scramble Face in March, with a product targeted toward users wanting to locate and remove pictures of themselves that have been posted or indexed across the internet.

The premise is that in a world where potential employers and educators research applicants ahead of time, users should have some control over the content that appears on the Internet, be it something they posted or something that someone else uploaded.

Users who register with Scramble Face will upload pictures, and then pay for a 90-day period. During this time, the program continually scans the Internet for photos matching the individual, and provides a website name and number of pictures matched on each particular site.

What remains to be seen is whether the site helps with the removal process of identified photos, or simply makes users aware of images that exist, leaving them to deal with it on their own.

ComputerVision and brainwaves merge in threat-detection binoculars

Image courtesy of DARPA

While soliders are trained to detect and recognize threats while on duty, there are certain kinds of attacks, ambushes, and other dangers that are nearly impossible to recognize before its too late. In fact, according to an article on Forbes.com, 47 percent of potential dangers are regularly missed by soldiers surveying scenes while on duty.

However, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a branch of the United States Department of Defense, has spent the better half of the last decade working on technology to assist soldiers.

The end result? CT2WS. This system, known official as the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System, was first proposed in 2007 by the Pentagon. Essentially it is a pair of binoculars that not only see far and wide, but also interact with the brains of soliders, and is able to detect 91 percent of threats.

How does it work? The science is complicated, but essentially, there are two parts: a video camera with a wide field of view that provides around 10 images per second, and an electroencephalogram (EEG) cap on the soldier’s head that monitors and processes brain waves. These two technologies combined are able to work faster than normal human processing to detect threats long before the human brain can pick up on them.

This blog is sponsored by ImageGraphicsVideo, a company offering ComputerVision Software Development Services.

Did 3D scanning help an Olympian secure the silver?

In light of this summer’s Olympics, currently being held in London, it seems appropriate to touch on the ways in which computer vision has contributed to the international sports competition. Most recently, it has been related to fitout, which, for kayakers, mean the building of custom parts of the kayak that fit to the bodies of the competitors.

Researchers at the Australian Institute of Sport have been doing just that, working to make the athlete, the kayak, and the paddle all act as one cohesive unit.

According to Ami Drory, a biomechanist working on this project: “A good fitout allows the athlete to use their full range of motion while transferring as much force as possible into the water.”

Unfortunately, working on the fitout requires a lot of time and a lot of wasted material, which is why the institute decided to call upon a specialist at Canadian 3D-scanning developer Creaform. Together, they scanned athletes bodies in position as well as the kayaks they planned to compete in, to make the best possible fit.

And as it turns out, one of the athletes scanned, 18-year-old Jessica Fox, went on to take the silver medal this week. That’s not to say that she wouldn’t have done well without it, but for all anyone knows, this fitting could have propelled her from merely participating in the Olympics to being a medal holder.