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Researchers in California have developed a prototype camera called I2T that can capture video, parse out the background, analyze the action, and then export the content to a text file "that can be searched using simple text search," according to Song-Chun Zhu, lead researcher and professor of statistics and computer science at UCLA. Using a database of over two million images, the system is pretty good at annotating surveillance footage, which generally relies on a static camera. Before the technology can be commercialized, however, they need to significantly expand the database. "If set loose on random images or videos found online," writes Technology Review, the camera would "struggle to perform." If Song-Chun Zhu is interested, we have a library of Greatest American Hero images we can donate to the cause (they're left over from our other blog, Check out the links below to see it in action. [Warning: PDF source link]

I2T security camera generates searchable text transcript in real-time originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Jun 2010 12:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Comment Re:Enough with the death of the relational DB (Score 1) 344

Yes, but 10 years ago it wasn't XML DBs - it was XML. As in: just store all your data in a big XML document, no query language or anything. There are ways of doing that that aren't as stupid as it sounds at first but ... still pretty dumb.

Of course, these days I spend a lot of time arguing that "we don't need a DB at all, we'll just store that in XML", so I shouldn't mock. When your entire data set fits in memory, a RDMS is a bit much.

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus