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Wow, An image that stores all the information. I am mad about image processing. So there is another reason to follow you closely.
A couple of years back I had done a little similar thing. Not as big as yours.
a) Framework: I used wavelet transform to save data behind images. So I was able to save a 2kb file behind a Png/Bmp image of size say about 60 kb.
b). Once succedded, I created a small xml based database system. So Ideas was to create data and save it in xml and put it behind the image. At the time of rendering, extract it, update of delete or whatever and put it back. It was fun. I had given it a name Icard. ( like vcard ). So you take a snap of a person and put all his information behind his image. Store and send that image to phone or wherever and decoder will display all the information.
Whether you want or do not want, I will send you the source code of my ImageGrassy project. Which has tons of algorithm and helper functions. And by the way I do take charges. I need a beer when you win .
So if and when it matters, kind of you can see if you find anything interesting and use it.
By the way, I am on the verge of completing my 18th and mostly the final entry. "Morsify"
The idea is simple encode your gestures to morse code and decode it as text. Great for people with vocal limitations to communicate. American sign language is bit tough at this moment for sdk ( I tried that too, with hand segmentation and applying PCA but failed. )
So decided that morse code is the way to go. You got to be seeing the video once I complete.
Ok pete, wont prolong the comment. Take care I have to Morsify now. By the way, Can I have your mail ID? I have been replying to this thread only .
Being thirteen and half hours ahead of PST is turning out to be an amazing thing. I have completed my 20th Prototype and trying out a special thing with eyes. Dr Hawkins has been my scientific ideal for long and I am trying to build a text conversion from blink of eyes for assisting paralytic persons.
It has become a habit to send you a small note before and after working with a concept.
I know you have started coding madly and will go through the kind of madness that I experienced for last one month. There is no webcast of the contest from Intel. And not proper keywords are used by all contestants. So I managed to save a list through different searches. You can enjoy at your spare time. There are some good creative submissions.
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Perceptual Computing works
1. Klyuch Yuri Gesture Games http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRuxdmG6JcM
I have a laptop here that is failing to boot to windows. Does anyone know a program that I can run from the DVD drive to test the hard disk, without booting up? I just want to know if the hard drive is fubar.
I'd try starting it without any drivers, before doing too much work (the F5/F8 boot options).
One thing I did find, with one machine, is that the proprietary boot-up shell wouldn't let Windows start if more than two USB drives (DVD + HDD) were attached, so unplugging any USB peripherals might make a difference (plug it all back in after Windows starts booting).
These[^] are worth their weight in gold, though, for testing/fixing HDDs.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
I know you already got suggestions for a Linux live CD. This weekend, I hade the same problem and downloaded Knoppix Live, version 7.0. (The CD-version, there is a DVD version as well).
Worked like a charm! So I could just copy files from the hard drive to an USB memory.
A true saviour!
Alcohol. The cause of, and the solution to, all of life's problems - Homer Simpson
I'm going to try Hiren after work work, dl'ed it last night. If that doesn't help, I'll try Linux. Either way, I think the disk is not fried (it had a lot of our wedding plans on there, invite design, guests + addresses, etc).