3/30/09

Not So Science-Fiction


It may be called science-fiction. But at Carnegie Mellon, students and faculty are turning futuristic technology into a reality.

Currently a group of 10 Ph.D. students – working in Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab – are developing cameras that are able to identify people by iris recognition (Minority Report, anyone?). In an instant, these cameras zoom in on a person’s eyes, take a picture and reveal they’re identity.

Iris recognition is one of several biometric identification technologies researchers at Carnegie Mellon are working on. Some are designed to operate under co-operative scenarios and can recognize a person based on their face, iris, fingerprint or palm prints. Others work under un-cooperative scenarios by using surveillance data to recognize a person.

And remember when Tom Cruise’s character ‘flipped through’ digital files with no mouse or keyboard? The Entertainment Technology Center is now developing a ‘3-D Toolkit’ for the Microsoft Surface Table that will allow users to customize their own gestures for use on the multi-touch surface.

Seen I, Robot? Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science is already home to Tank, the roboceptionist. Ask Tank a question by typing on a keyboard and expect a verbal response.

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