friday 25 november 2011
The fact is I had to buy a new phone, so I went shopping for it this morning. While there, I tried the Kinect from Microsoft on a golfing game.
This is certainly the ultimate game. I mean, the Kinect is a great piece of technology with top algorithms, but there is certainly no way it can detect your arms movement so as to precisely estimate how you would hit the ball and aim at the hole.
On easy mode, this is just flagrant. You do a random swing of your arm and the computer displays a random animation of the ball flying in the air and then falling at a random location nearby the hole. You don't even have to concentrate and aim, every thing is randomly generated to make you feel you achieve a pretty good result. Everything is faked.
That's really a new kind of game, because the results don't rely on your performance. You have minimal input, but still it is entertaining. It is a kind technological version of flipping a coin. The difference being that flipping a coin for 2 hours is not entertaining. You do some random gestures, and the game creates a totally virtual response, giving you a virtual sensation of you achieving something. Totally disturbing.
What you feel, is not real. Virtual Emotions...
monday 21 november 2011
We worked on nice algorithms for combining different visual descriptors in the kernel framework and this poster is a kind of preview for some not yet published works.
link to the pdf
wednesday 01 june 2011
I'll definitely do more backups. Right now, I'm using rsync in the old fashion:
rsync -av --delete Archives login@backuphost:
P-H. Gosselin gave me a nice trick to deal we this. You put all things important in only one folder 'Archives', like your '.thunderbird' folder for instance. Then you symlink them back to where they're usefull (e.g. ln -s ~/Archives/.thunderbid ~/.thunderbird). This way, you only need to save the Archive folder, which simplifies the backup script.
To automate things, I added some fancy gui using zenity:
if zenity --question --text="Do the backup?"
then rsync -av --delete ~/Archives login@backuphost: | zenity --progress --pulsate
I schedule the script every day around lunch using gnome-schedule. Thus, I have a nice popup which asks me to allow the backup to proceed. One thing that would be nicer, would have to know the output of rsync, which at the time is eaten by zenity.
thursday 28 april 2011