Einstein Robot That Teaches Itself Facial Expressions

13 08 2009

Yes you heard it right. From the same people who brought you SkyNet?  Introducing a robot whose main purpose is to learn and teach itself how to make facial expressions.  

If this means my Terminator Theory is coming true, and robots will soon be taking over the world, don’t say I didn’t warn you!!!

To begin teaching the robot, the researchers stuck Einstein in front of a mirror and instructed the robot to “body babble” by contorting its face into random positions. A video camera connected to facial recognition software gave the robot feedback: When it made a movement that resembled a “real” expression, it received a reward signal.

“It’s an iterative process,” said facial recognition expert Marian Bartlett, a co-author of the study. “It starts out completely random and then gets feedback. Next time the robot picks an expression, there’s a bias towards putting the motors in the right configuration.”

– via. WIRED


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7 08 2009

We’ve recently made site updates to addicted2the.net

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Mozilla now lets developers build a custom Firefox-based browser. This could become addictive

7 08 2009

Mozilla will soon be releasing a development kit that will let enterprise developers build a custom version of Firefox which could be used for the corporate workplace, or even better “as a browser sandbox for highly developed web applications”

On a micro level this will allow:

  • custom branding
  • configured settings / bookmarks
  • custom installer for large deployment

Hopefully this didn’t come too late,  as many IT administrators have already begun deploying updated versions of Internet Explorer.  

Regardless, I’m happy either way because this all means that companies will “finally” get away from IE 6.0 v2900 which over time has become an antiquated piece of shit to work with. But considering that Internet Explorer 7 and possibly 8 aren’t that much better, this release may be the fire-FIX that enterprise developers and common coders have been looking for.

What others have said about my new smoothwall mod : )

7 08 2009

On the offical smoothwall forums I posted the following

“So I’ve been using my old smoothwall for awhile, and I finally felt the need to create a custom case mod to showcase my love for this distro. And what better color then RED!!! This is one hot case, running on an atom mobo, with a sparc big-mac 4 port NIC. I took apart an old switch to use one of the 4 port Ethernet bricks and secured it to the front of the case. This build consumes almost no power, has a small embedded flash memory card, and has been designed for proper air flow from the bottom to the top. I used an infrared heat gun to check points on the board to guarantee low heat before throwing it into production. The case was modded and recycled from an old replay TV box that I no longer use, I machined the case to add risers, and created a custom back-plate out of 1/8″ steel for the mobo. I then modified the front controls and added red/orange LEDs for the motherboard hdd/power. I also added a fan to help with the airflow.”

Overall I’ve received a good reviews of the case mod, with a few slight jokes (mainly about the fact that “orange” is the official color for smoothwall, and I chose RED.) hey, smoothie users, as much as I love orange, red to me was a better choice, which I believe the final results prove.

But it’s still funny to see what the community thinks, check the photo below.

What about orange?

you can check the smoothwall forum on this link http://community.smoothwall.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=32413

My Smoothwall

7 08 2009

Just finished my custom case build for a smoothwall (i.e. Linux firewall on steroids)



HD-DVD is not dead… yet

7 08 2009

So the other day I was shopping around for a bargain, and stumbled upon an HD-DVD player for $20.  Which is pretty sweet because I can up-convert DVDs to 1080p and also because HD-DVD’s are so cheap right now. So, I bought 20 DVDs on amazon for under $30. Time to fire up the theater and take the surround sound to 11.