In fourth grade, my best friend and I developed our own sign language so we could communicate across the room and no one would know what we were saying. Unfortunately, our teacher didn't appreciate our "silent" technique. We may have gotten into a lot less trouble if we knew about the reversible data hiding technique developed by Mehmet U. Celik and A. Murat Tekalp of the University of Rochester and Gaurav Sharma and Eli Saber of Xerox. These scientists invented a method for hiding and extracting information within an ordinary digital image. Commonly-used techniques for embedding messages such as digital watermarking irreversibly change the image, resulting in distortions or information loss. "With our new data embedding algorithm, authorized recipients not only can extract the embedded message but also can recover the original image intact," says Sharma. "The technique offers a significantly higher capacity for embedding data and a lower-distortion than any of the alternatives." The technique will be widely applicable to situations requiring authentication of images such as in forensics. It can also be used to encode information about the image itself, such as who took the picture, when, or with what camera. For more information, contact: Ahmet Tekalp at (585) 275-3774 or e-mail: email@example.com.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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