iRob Feeder in Action (Video)

Finally! PROFACTOR (the company I work for) has decided to get a youtube account and upload some videos. Best of all, this gives me a chance to show off a bit of my (our) work 😉

iRob Feeder is a solution for equipping of industry facilities. We can recognize the 3D position of different pices, grasp it, put it wherever you want them, and all of this quickly. Actually, the whole thing is a bit more than that, since it is possible to reuse components from it. We have a nice demonstrator for very fast object recognition moving along on a conveyer belt.

Here you can see it in action:

I am mostly involved in the algorithm development on the object recognition side. We have put quite some effort into making it fast: depending on the kind of object, we can have a reliable recognition in as low as 0.1 second on a standard desktop PC.

Hopefully Profactor will post some more videos about this in the near future.

PS: The article here are my personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the position of my employee.

Why the Zune crashes?

Zunes are crashing all over the world. I received this note from an unconfirmed zune insider:

That is all. Happy new year!

Update: In related news, Here is how to fix this problem.

Create High Quality Flash Videos in Ubuntu

I recently got a nice new camera that can shoot HDTV videos, and the only way to show off the awesome quality to the world is by creating flash videos by myself. Here is an example:

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

I use Ubuntu, so this tutorial won’t work on Windows. I have encoded the video into the H.264 format, left the original resolution at 848 x 480, and the framerate at 30 Hz. I use constant quality setting because then the video look very good even when the camera moves quickly, and it uses less bitrate when not needed. The disadvantage is that the required bitrate is uneven, so make sure youre buffer is large enough before you start playing.

Here is how to do this:

  1. Encode your video with mencoder (click to install). It has to be x264 for video (0 or 1 bframes), and faac for audio.
  2. Convert the result into an mp4 using mp4creator (click to install), as described here.
  3. Now you have an mp4 file that can be played with JW player. Download it, have a look at the readme.html, and follow the example described there.
  4. The player requires 20 pixels in height, so add this to the SWFObject creation.

I have written a small ruby script to convert any movie to a MP4 file. The first parameter is the input file, second parameter is the framerate. Save this file as e.g. convert2mp4.rb.
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