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+ - Sub-centimeter positioning coming to mobile phones->

Submitted by Oooskar
Oooskar (806935) writes "SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), a technique invented by NASA, defines the concept of building a 3D-map of the environment and simultaneously computing the position within it. Based on SLAM, Swedish startup 13th Lab has implemented real-time sub-centimeter local 3D-positioning by using only the sensors, most importantly the camera, already present in most mobile devices (demo video). The technology will be made available as a software platform for developers (sign up for beta).

A first application demonstrating the technology has just been released for the iPad2. The technology should be available on other devices with similar computational power soon."

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+ - Swedish startup brings NASA tech to mobile devices->

Submitted by Oooskar
Oooskar (806935) writes "GigaOM writes about a Swedish startup, 13th Lab, that has implemented a complex computer vision technique known as SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) on consumer mobile devices. SLAM is a system developed in part by NASA for use in robotics, which allows an object (like, say, a drone) to look around, in real-time build up a 3D map of the environment and then understand where it is (video).
13th Lab aims make this technology available as a platform for developers to use. A first application on this platform, Ball Invasion, is available for the iPad2 (video)."

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Comment: Re:Heh (Score 3, Interesting) 125

by Oooskar (#31002474) Attached to: New iPhone Attack Kills Apps, Reroutes Web Traffic

As part of the attack, the anonymous researchers obtained a signature certificate from VeriSign for a company named Apple Computer

You have to fool VeriSign first, just like any other SSL man-in-the-middle attack, so I guess it depends on what you call easy.

Actually, as stated in the original blog post liked from the article, it was a demo signature certificate for a person named "Apple Computer". Such certificates are offered by VeriSign without validation. The problem is that the iPhone trusts such certificates, and that it doesn't make it clear that it isn't a validated organization name it publishes.

Comment: Re:Apple and "security theatre". (Score 1) 484

by Oooskar (#25960551) Attached to: Apple Quietly Recommends Antivirus Software For Macs

The reason for the dialog you get when launching a downloaded application for the first time is to counter an otherwise existing flaw where an application could be disguised a document.

The key part of the dialog message is not that the file was downloaded from "the Internet", but rather the fact that the file is "an application".

Pie are not square. Pie are round. Cornbread are square.

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