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Nokia streetview coming up!

We all know Google Maps, and we all love it. Apart from other companies such as CycloMedia and TomTom, also Nokia has stepped into the business of gathering 360-degree image data from streets. Nokia's Here system collects data using 4 cameras at 16 MPixels (so with the wide angle of over 90 degrees, resolution is effectively rather low) but claims good color representation and high dynamic range. Let's see. The system records data with a Linux-powered box with an attached Nokia Lumia 920 phone and a Microsoft Surface as the interaction device for the drive. Why? No-one knows... The system additionally contains a GPS unit and a LIDAR sensor for range data. Cool thing is that the complete system can be snapped onto any car in about 30 minutes. O yeah, the navigation software that tells the driver how to drive is computed by an algorithm called "Route PhD"...

[Engadget]

Philips wins award for yet unannounced tv...

What the f*ck? Yes, indeed, I was thinking the same thing when I read the news. Apparently, Philips managed to impress the people that decide on the EISA awards with just a specsheet (and a fancy diner and a development versions of the Oculus Rift?). Anyway, the 65-inch 4K tv will be introduced at IFA on September 5 this year and has already won the European Ultra HD TV of 2013-2014 award. Obviously, no more television sets with this resolution will be introduced in the next one-and-a-half year... Philips, congratulations, your marketing department works!

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Sony reveals lens cameras for the picture-enthousiast smartphone users

Sony will soon be releasing a new way of packaging a lens and image sensor. Traditional cameras pack a screen, and several control buttons, but the QX10 and QX100 'lensor' are supposed to be used with a smartphone that typically embed rather poor and insensitive sensors and even worse lenses. Let's watch a rather funny video report with an impression of the concept...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNNb1ST6ypM

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Yahoo buys image recognition company IQ Engines

Following Facebook and Google, also Yahoo now inquired an image recognition company, and shows again what a hot topic image recognition has become over the last few years! IQ Engines seems to have quite an interesting track record and browsing back in time reveals that they published at CVPR, an released software that can recognize complex object classes using deep learning. Using this technology, they won the International Create Challenge with their VocaBoca Android App. Their SmartAlbum software enabled smarted browsing through large foto albums, and embedded some cool technology such as the detection and recognition of faces, and the detection of group shots, portraits, and object classes bikes and cars. Customers of this recognition startup are e.g. Old Navy, Tesco, Best Buy and SAP.

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I believe I can fly...

Ever wanted to feel what it is like to fly? So does Jeb Corliss. He dedicated his life to fly though the skies in his wing suite. An amazing short docu about this awesome stuff, obviously sponsored by the colored bull...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fAvbqQWRWo