FaceIt is a new software program that compares faces in a crowd with a database of criminal mug shots. The software analyzes more than 80 different features on the face. However, some features are more important than others. For example, the size of someone's head is more important than specific features like a nose or a chin. The software can search more than 15 million faces per minute, running on a 500 MHz Pentium III chip. Software developer Visionics (Jersey City, NJ) is perfecting FaceIt for government review. The company is also developing software that enables streaming of images over the Internet from web cameras in airports. For more information, visit www.faceit.com, call (201) 332-9213, or send faxes to (201) 332-9313.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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