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Researchers join forces to create "acoustic tweezers" that can manipulate cells without damaging them.
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REMODE is now open source. it requires a CUDA capable GPU
 
Dear colleagues, I am happy to announce the release of the open source implementation of our approach for real-time, monocular, dense depth estimation, called "REMODE". The code is available at: https://github.com/uzh-rpg/rpg_open_remode
The open source implementation requires a CUDA capable GPU and the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit. Instructions for building and running the code are available in the repository wiki. REMODE implements a "REgularized, probabilistic, MOnocular Depth Estimation", as described in the ICRA'14 paper by +Matia Pizzoli +Christian Forster and myself: "REMODE: Probabilistic, monocular dense reconstruction in real time"
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2014.

REMODE combines Bayesian, per-pixel estimation with a fast regularization scheme that takes into account the measurement uncertainty to provide spatial regularity and mitigate the effect of noise. Namely, a probabilistic depth measurement is carried out in real time for each pixel and the computed uncertainty is used to reject erroneous estimations and provide live feedback on the reconstruction progress.
The novelty of the regularization is that the estimated depth uncertainty from the per-pixel depth estimation is used to weight the smoothing.

Since it provides real-time, dense depth maps along with the corresponding confidence maps, REMODE is very suitable for robotic applications, such as environment interaction, motion planning, active vision and control, where both dense information and map uncertainty may be required, as demonstrated in our previous works: http://rpg.ifi.uzh.ch/research_dense.html

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very impresive!
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We spoke to mathematician Joel Haddley about his new solutions and the puzzles that pizza still poses.
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interesting perspective, thanks +Woldo Wondare 
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if you haven't seen it yet, check it out.
Basquiat - a great artist. 
Bonus: David Bowie (RIP) playing Andy Warhol
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Google has signed a deal with Dublin tech company Movidius that will see the Irish company’s chip make smartphones contextually aware
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2nd version now supports mono, stereo and rgb-d cameras. check the videos in the original post.
 
+Mingo Tardós, +J.M. Martínez Montiel and me are very happy to announce the release of ORB-SLAM2 (https://github.com/raulmur/ORB_SLAM2). This is a new open-source SLAM library for monocular, stereo and RGB-D cameras with loop detection and relocalization capabilities.

We provide examples to process sequences of the KITTI dataset as stereo or monocular, and of the TUM RGB-D dataset as RGB-D or monocular. ROS is no longer required, but we also provide the option to compile a ROS node to process live monocular and RGB-D inputs (stereo will be available soon). In the RGB-D/stereo case we have a gain in robustness and agility, and we are able to estimate the camera trajectory with true scale, and without scale-drift.

ORB-SLAM2 incorporates a GUI to change between a SLAM mode and a Localization Mode. In the SLAM mode the system runs three main threads in parallel: Tracking, Local Mapping and Loop Closing. In the Localization mode, only the Tracking is active and we just perform camera localization (with relocalization if needed) in the map.

You can see some videos here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51NQvg5n-FE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF7_I2Lin54
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnbAI-o7YHk

All feedback is very welcome! 
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Coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages are enjoyable for the taste alone, but sometimes you might be thinking about their caffeine content more than the flavor. Here are the top 10 things you should know about this wonderful drug and how to use caffeine more efficiently.
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SPACE SKETCHR, demonstrates the potential of Project Tango technology by
allowing the creation of virtual 3D drawings in space using full-range
motion tracking. An Android Experiment by Left Field Labs.

Source code available, too: https://github.com/leftfieldlabs/Space-Sketchr
Originally created as a curious prototype to draw connections between two points within a given space, Space Sketchr allows a user to create illustrations that have virtual dimensions that you can walk around and view from any angle. Imagine a new kind of sculpture or drawing with a timeline in space. Users can select a brush stroke, color, and thickness, and draw on the Project Tango screen while moving (walking) around in space, anchoring thei...
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For those who can't access it on Google Play (like me in France), just go to GitHub and download the apks.

It works great - this is one of the best apps for Tango so far. Tilbrush for the masses! :-)
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Bowie, 2002: ''The absolute transformation of everything that we ever thought about music will take place within 10 years, and nothing is going to be able to stop it. I see absolutely no point in pretending that it's not going to happen. I'm fully confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years, and authorship and intellectual property is in for such a bashing.''

''Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity,'' he added.
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though this wasn't that hard to predict since at this time napster already existed for some years. however the resistance and ignorance of the old industry towards the "new" was underrated and partly still goes on.
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