Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Windows?? nahhhhhh!

Ok, so I have been working alot on mac, for my new project. Today I came back to windows and it seems something is missing.

Hats off to developers of mac os, they have really put everything into its GUI, which windows still lacks a lot.

What I have been having problem with in windows was that if you want to scroll a page, you have to bring it to focus, unlike mac where its as easy as point and scroll.

So off I went googling, because I was hating microsoft people for not having this feature on their most recent version of windows. After a few clicks, I was able to have the same point and scroll on my windows too. Thanks to this small and very useful application named "WizMouse". It really helps when you are developing, and scrolling is all you need.

Download link: WizMouse

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Vision for those who can't see

Following the simple line followers, I did my final year project on something which was much more complex and interesting (atleast it was for me). So, our group developed a prototype Guidance System to help Visually Impaired persons with their daily life.

Basically the concept behind this project was to first limit ourselves to the simplest scenarios a visually impaired person could possibly be in, and then develop a prototype system. Once that system was developed, we moved on to the next level, and did further testing.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

The beginning

So that's where it all started. A few years back, when I was doing my bachelors degree, I started with my strong interests in robotics (not computer vision). Surprisingly, this field was very different from what I was actually studying at university level. I took up to the challenge and along with Telecommunication subjects, I was very keen at learning the basics of robotics. This was the first time I was building my very own robot, little did I know at that time that it was the very same robot which will lead me to a whole new different field of Computer Vision. A simple line follower named tracker was the turning point for my career.

Years later I did a Final Year Project titled "Guidance System for Visually Impaired using Digital Image Processing", which was basically a very complex line follower with no lines drawn at all. It used the natural surroundings and extracted 'useful lines' to compute the deviation and hence guiding a visually impaired person. Eventually I realized that my interests in the field of Computer Vision was way more than what I was studying.