|Video Technology Magazine||January 2006|
It covers everything from Digital Cinema, 3GPP CellPhone video, CCTV and Security, DTV and HDTV, CATV Cable TV, Machine Vision, image processing, Medical Imaging, IPTV. Check it out.
IMX 1020 HD STB
Phamlet and Datasheet
If you would like to see Matrixstream's high definition video on demand and IPTV platform in action Matrixstream will be at booth 26824 in South Hall 2 at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas ( January 5th - 8th, 2006 ).
MatrixStream will be making the 1020HD available for trials in late January 2006 with a consumer edition scheduled for production by the end of the first quarter of 2006. In addition to its STB efforts, MatrixStream will be also launching its IMX1100 PC Player in late January 2006 from a client.s website, .Movie 99. (www.movie99.tv). The PC Player will feature over 300 free channels from around the world and 150 free DVD and HD quality movie clips.
Called Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR), the technology installed in police cars "reads" vehicle plates as they enter the view of a vehicle-mounted or roadside infrared camera, and checks them against a database for nearly instantaneous identification. The system runs continuously, automatically capturing images of license plates with a camera that works in nearly every lighting condition.
"This technology is completely automated and built into the car's operation, so it requires no action on the part of the police officer to capture the plate numbers and have them verified. It is not something the officer has to initiate," said Steve Most, multimedia business director, Motorola radio systems division, in a statement.
Previous technologies required officers to manually type in a plate number and request a database search for each number, which can be time consuming and prone to errors.
Before bringing the ALPR system into Motorola's product portfolio, Motorola (Schaumburg, Ill.) worked with PIPS (Hampshire, U.K.) to further ruggedize its license plate technology to meet Motorola specifications for mission critical public safety communications in the United States.
On a personal Note here I was tagged using one of these systems in San Jose about 5 years ago, it was amasing watching the plate numbers of every car that rolled past show up on a laptop with Color coded indicators as to how bad the marks against the plate number or owner of the cars data base records indicated.
Cradle - Video Streamer with Automatic License Plate Recognition I mention Cradle last month with there Video DSP's
Appian - they have a great video clip on this
Looks like Flash Video, excellent Quality, mostly Asian stuff.
Gary Jones wearing and EyeBud
eMagin Corp, a company that makes video imaging technology for military and industrial uses, has adapted its expertise to create a first of its kind headset accessory for the 5G iPod which displays video in front of one eye. "Suddenly you've got this big-screen, movie-screen, home-theater experience, wherever you are," said Gary Jones, eMagin's president and CEO. Due to the EyeBud's close proximity to one's field of vision; it can produce a visual image similar to viewing a 105-inch display from a distance of 12 feet. Priced at $599, the EyeBud is more than the top of the line iPod's available. It is expected to be released in July.
This is one of the technologies that a friend of mine's company Charmed Inc. demonstrates at its "Brave New Unwired World Fashion Shows"
By the Way: I have a whole page deticated to how goofy these displays look like dementedreality.com , I am really poking fun at "augmented reality".
The article talks about "picking the right format and resolution for your videos" which is not easy and the choices end up with two some what similar codecs: MPEG-4 or H.264.
This all just adds to the confusion over codec naming, You thank Microsoft for that.
See my MPEG4 site for more info. Basically H.264 does a better job at compression but uses more CPU to record and playback. I suspect the iPod would be limited in its CPU power and I would expect it to have trouble playing High Resolution H.264 Clips.
The article incorrectly states "H.264, an emerging standard first released publicly by Apple with its QuickTime 7 software", H.264 is a new standard but was in use long before Apple jumped in.
This is a Consumer Electronics and Technology talk Show I bumped into at CES. Its broadcast on over 100 radio stations, worldwide on the Armed Forces Radio Networks and also heard on Sirius and XM satellite radio. This 3-hour radio program airs LIVE every Sunday from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. ET. Award winning broadcaster Dave Graveline hosts this popular show to bring listeners an entertaining glimpse on how technology is changing the way we live, work and play.
For more information, please visit http://www.graveline.com.
To Tune in select open URL in http://war.str3am.com:7710 with Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, WinAmp, or iTunes. It uses Shoutcast.
Ken Dunham, director of the rapid response team at iDefense, said today that WMF exploitation "has started to take off in the wild". He said that "dozens, if not hundreds" of sites exploiting the hole are likely to be reported in the coming days and weeks. Don't think that this problem is just confined to Windows metafiles. Dunham said that iDefense analysed a live sample of a WMF attack spread via email and disguised as a JPG file. He said it was fully functional and downloaded and installed a variant of a trojan called Bifrose.
The "Windows Meta File" format or WMF commonly used for video in videoclip.wmf files the new security hole will allow executable code within the video file to run.
Microsoft Security Advisory (912840) Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution.
Exploit Released for Unpatched Windows Flaw
Windows WMF exploit remains grave threat
Already there is an Intant Messaging Worm spreading across the internet using this hole.
Slashdot - New IM Worm Exploiting WMF Vulnerability
This is just one more of many problems where both of Microsofts .asf's and .wmf's video file formats are already dangerous, lanunching web pages that can also take over a users systems and install spyware popups and other things that will very quickly render a users computer useless.
Windows users can disable the rendering of WMF files using the following hack:
"Steve Gibson alleges that the WMF vulnerability in Windows was neither a bug, nor a feature designed without security in mind, but was actually an intentionally placed backdoor. In a more detailed explanation, Gibson explains that the way SetAbortProc works in metafiles does not bear even the slightest resemblance to the way it works when used by a program while printing. Based on the information presented, it really does look like an intentional backdoor." There's a transcript available of the 'Security Now!' podcast where Gibson discusses this.
See larger image
2,310mm x 1,315mm Size
2000:1 Contrast in a Dark Room
12 Bit color, producing 68.7 Billion Colors
102 Inch Mother Glass can provide 4 50 Inch panels with one progressive process
See the placard that was next to the display
LG and Samsung has been competing to see who can produce the largest PDP's for some time now.
Samsung PDP technology Overview
Another great site about PDP technology
Although I didn't see it apparently Panasonic now holds the record for largest with a 103 Inch panel one display at the CES Show also.
At last check the largest TFT-LED is 82" and largest OLED is 40". I found out reciently one of the largest problems with OLED is the Blue Phospher has a short life (under 10,000 hours) and fades faster then the other colors. I had great hopes for OLED, if they get the chemistry right It may still prevail.
The Toshiba and Canon Booths at CES this month had 2 720P SED displays on demonstration. Canon Called it 36" while Toshiba called it a 37". They claim to have 100,000:1 Contrast Ratio the picture quality seemed to be much better then LCD or Plasma. It was noticed that one of the displays had a bad pixel on it. They expect to have 55" 1080p displays on sale in the US by next year.
"A high-energy engineer named Joe Belfiore, age 37, has led Microsoft's Media Center team for four years. The effort has gained momentum in the past year, the Wall Street Journal reports, bolstering Microsoft's defense against a challenge from Apple's Front Row for control of home-entertainment software. 'The Apple threat seems menacing, in part because of recent history: Its iPod was a late entry in an established field of digital music players but soon stole the lion's share of the market,' the WSJ writes. At Microsoft, Front Row is already causing ripples: [Bill] Gates in an email to Mr. Belfiore asked why Apple's remote control had just six buttons. The standard Media Center remote from Microsoft has 39 buttons. (Mr. Belfiore's explanation: Front Row computers don't have TV or digital video recorder functions and thus don't need as many buttons.) At stake is more than just another piece of software for home computers. Both companies, and others, are trying to build the foundational technology for all home digital entertainment.'"
"Burst.com, a patent holder of many patents covering streaming video and time-shifting of video, has been sued by Apple after license negotiations broke down. Apple is asking the court to invalidate Burst.com's patents. Burst.com is the same company that successfully sued Microsoft over patent infringements. Many comparisons will likely be made of NTP and Burst.com, but Burst.com actually has useful technology, has owned the patents for over a decade, and most importantly, actually had highly regarded products that made use of the patents."
The recent unveiling of the new Toshiba HD DVD production model met with a few difficulties. From the article: "It was supposed to be the grand unveiling of a new generation in home entertainment when Kevin Collins of Microsoft Corp. popped an HD DVD disc into a Toshiba production model and hit 'play.' Nothing happened. The failed product demo at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show was hardly an auspicious start for the HD DVD camp in what's promising to be a nasty format war similar to the Betamax/VHS video tape battle."
"The Register is reporting on Google's recent announcement of their own DRM. From the article: 'Google's DRM will make its first appearance as part of a new video downloading service. Page revealed that customers will be able to buy TV shows from CBS, NBA basketball games and a host of other content with Google serving as the delivery broker for the video. This move mimics other technology companies - most notably Apple - which have struck deals with large media houses to send video over the web for a fee.' "
"TheStreet.com is reporting that America Online has purchased Truveo.com. From the article: 'Truveo has a proprietary technology called visual crawling that lets it automatically discover video files on Web pages, enabling customers to see updated information on news, sports and entertainment. The acquisition, which closed Dec. 21, was AOL's fifth last year. News of the deal wasn't released until Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.' Note that the deal closed the same week that Google bought a 5% stake in AOL, in part to collaborate on video technology."
Wired is running an article looking at the little ways in which Austrian technology users are striking back against surveillance. From the article: "Members of the organization worked out a way to intercept the camera images with an inexpensive, 1-GHz satellite receiver. The signal could then be descrambled using hardware designed to enhance copy-protected video as it's transferred from DVD to VHS tape. The Quintessenz activists then began figuring out how to blind the cameras with balloons, lasers and infrared devices. And, just for fun, the group created an anonymous surveillance system that uses face-recognition software to place a black stripe over the eyes of people whose images are recorded."
"It multiplies your voice. I think that's a good way of characterizing it," said Bill DeKruif, president of Sonare Technologies, which is based in Chicago. "It randomizes your voice and sends your randomized voice out with your natural voice (that's speaking) and the combination of those voices is impossible to decipher."
Unlike white noise or acoustic tiles, which dilute or dampen sound, Babble addresses the issue of privacy head on, by zeroing in on individual voices. More simply put, the Babble box turns your voice into a small group of people, each of whom has your voice.
"It works on the premise that the human brain tunes into single voices. We can't decipher multiple streams of information," said DeKruif
I think this device will really find great applications with Video Confrencing.
San Francisco, Ca, Mobile Streaming Solutions a technology leader in developing mobile video application has created a live mobile video streaming application with two-way text chat which is capable of streaming content from web cams or network cameras to mobile devices around the world. The application has the ability to take any content from the web, such as live web cams or on-demand video, process those streams on-the-fly and send them to a mobile phone all in real time, all over the world. The application also has the capability of two-way txt chat between the person at the web cam and the mobile phone user. In addition, MSS has developed a mobile handset player or client to overcome several problems inherent other players. MSS. player has the ability for the server to dynamically update an easy to use play list i.e. what or who is playing, so users can scroll through what.s new to view as content may change at the host site. Major Features: . Easy to use . Takes existing live web cam streams, transcodes & streams to mobile devices. No need to reconfigure your existing infrastructure. . Web sites now have a new revenue stream by leveraging existing internet business to mobile . Two-way text chat for interpersonal relationship . Dynamically updated player.
For more information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Telephone:1-510-673-7779
1stVision Firewire and high end USB Cameras
Samsung display technology overview
Chyron provider of broadcast graphics hardware, software and associated services to the television industry.
Chyron is sort of a compeditor to GlobalStreams (formerly Play) that makes the GlobeCaster (formerly Trinity), and NewTek TriCaster that GlobalStreams spun off from.
ObjectCube Video On Demand and DRM services
Digital Signage signindustry.com
ce.org Consumer Electronics Association same people who put on the CES Show.
Other odds and ends
[10:18] SVTM: www.entropic.com for MOCA.org , DOCSIS pertains tro the Cable Card Standard for Integrated TV's , Cable Labs (website)
Misc Video resources
ADAM - Searchable catalog of art resources
AdAge (TV ads)
AdFlip - Classic Print Ads
All Movie Guide
Animation World Network
BBC Audio Interviews
Continuum - Articles
DocuSeek - Film and Video finder
The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920
EpGuides- TV show plots/episodes
History of Cinematography
Internet Movie Database
Internet Moving Images ArchiveInventing EntertainmentMagic Lanterns Magic Mirrors: A Centennial Salute to Cinema
Media and Communications Studies (British)
Media Resource Center - UCB
Media Rights (documentaries))
Public Motion Picture Research Centers and Film Archives
TV Production (CyberCollege)