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Coloring books capture the imagination of children and provide them with one of their earliest opportunities for creative expression. However, given the proliferation and popularity of digital devices, real-world activities like coloring can seem unexciting, and children become less engaged in them. Augmented reality holds unique potential to impact this situation by providing a bridge between real-world activities and digital enhancements. In this paper, we present an augmented reality coloring book App in which children color characters in a printed coloring book and inspect their work using a mobile device. The drawing is detected and tracked, and the video stream is augmented with an animated 3-D version of the character that is textured according to the child’s coloring. This is possible thanks to several novel technical contributions. We present a texturing process that applies the captured texture from a 2-D colored drawing to both the visible and occluded regions of a 3-D character in real time. We develop a deformable surface tracking method designed for colored drawings that uses a new outlier rejection algorithm for real-time tracking and surface deformation recovery. We present a content creation pipeline to efficiently create the 2-D and 3-D content. And, finally, we validate our work with two user studies that examine the quality of our texturing algorithm and the overall App experience
Yet another blow to Australia Post.
This kind of crowd sourcing will become valuable for many people because of the flexible hours. Not sure if the hourly rate is good though, when you factor in the cost of running a car, it probably isn't much.
A team of Australian engineers has built a quantum logic gate in silicon for the first time, making calculations between two qubits of information possible – and thereby clearing the final hurdle to making silicon quantum computers a reality.
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As is usual for a Geek Out, there's a little history lesson at the top to see how we got to the whole idea of utilizing quantum effects for computing. The first problems we wanted to attack were quantum mechanic theories!
But just because you have an understanding of quantum mechanics doesn't mean you're able to utilize those effects for computation. What kinds of problems are suited to this form of computing? How will you know when it works? Why is it a question of whether or not it works?
Richard digs through a whole series of approaches to holding atoms in a quantum superposition state and what the potential is - and also the frailty. The uncertainty of implementation is similar to the state of affairs in the early days of classical computing, before the development of the transistor.
The early days of computing were fraught with reliability problems, challenges to value propositions, and so on - much like quantum computing is today. It wasn't until designs stabilized that things started to make sense.
And perhaps that's where we are with quantum computers today - we haven't developed the right kind of transistor yet. That hasn't stopped some organizations from trying to use what works today to build actual hardware - like DWave - http://www.dwavesys.com/
But the arguments get even more interesting when the computer works, but doesn't provide quantum benefits. What happens then?
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