Exploring DOF with PixelSense & the Canon EOS Utility

Around this time last year I made use of an MS Surface (MS PixelSense) Samsung SUR 40 to control a Camera using Canons EOS Utility. A Libec Swift Jib 50 and a Sony NX5E camera were used to capture the interaction with the MS PiexlSense table and transmit it to a series of projectors around the room.

The main idea behind the setup was to demonstrate the effects of Aperture & Focal Length on the Depth of Field. This time round however I took a HDMI output directly from the MS PixelSense table & fed it into the projection system of the lab. To establish the feed between the MS PixelSense & Projection System a HDMI splitter & 10 meter HDMI cable was used. The resulting image was outputted to 6 Epson Projectors and 2x 55″ NEC Displays around the lab. The following images below taken just before shutdown & tidy-up should give some sense of what the setup was like.

In addition we also spent some time taking a look at two sets of cineskates. You may also notice that some of the content shown on the MS PixelSense table looks to be some outdoor footage of a nice clear day. Had taken the class out the previous week to fly some Quad-copters around the campus, you can see some videos here & here as well as a flickr photo-set of images.

Exploring DOF in Class

Exploring DOF in Class

Exploring DOF in Class

Exploring DOF in Class

Exploring DOF in Class

Exploring DOF in Class

Exploring DOF in Class

Exploring DOF in Class

Exploring DOF in Class

Exploring DOF in Class

Exploring DOF in Class

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Computing Open Day RGU Summarised in Video

The following video will give you some small sense of what it was like today during our Open Day at the School of Computing Science and Digital Media, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. It was held from about ten o’clock in the morning until three in the afternoon. After a half-hour registration period, visitors were treated to a welcome talk and a short series of lectures. Following on from this a number of hour long workshops were held on such topics as iPhone programming, cryptography and wireless networks. Their was also time to have a chat with Academics and see some of the demonstrations we had running throughout the day, most of which may be seen in this video. As you can see in some segments we were piping a video feed of the demonstrations happening in other rooms into one of our PC labs and projecting them for all to see.

Demonstrations included the use of an Eye Tracker to identify the area on screen a person was focusing on. A full body Motion Capture System comprising of a twelve camera Flex 13 system from Optitrack was also available to see in action. In concert with this we also had a motion tracking demo running on a Microsoft Kinect for windows, though the students who were doing the video recording didn’t get any footage of this. Also demonstrated was the Microsoft Surface (Samsung SUR40) which supports up to 52 points of interaction concurrently. If you watch all the video you may see that we certainly came close to this maximum value. All in all everybody seemed to enjoy the day visitors, staff and student helpers alike. Our next open day will be in a months time, at which point we hope to have a far larger and wider set of demonstrations to show the visitors to the school. See my YouTube Channel for further videos of some of the equipment seen here in this video.

Chris Young another member of staff at the School also grabbed hold of a camera and quickly recorded some of footage from of the Motion Capture System in operation. For more videos from Chris take a look at his Vimeo Channel.

Motion Capture System from Chris Young on Vimeo.

Microsoft Surface Unboxing Video Spreads Like Wildfire

The video I recorded and blogged about two days ago, regarding the unboxing of the Microsoft Surface we took delivery of on Wednesday 6th Feb 2012 has spread like wildfire across the web, having been picked up my a myriad of websites. Here is the link to the original post https://dcdoolan.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/microsoft-surface-unboxing/

Microsoft Surface Unboxing from RGU:Computing on Vimeo.

Since its upload it has received 3139 views in little over 48 hours. The following are a selection of sites the have discussed the video / embedded it into their blogs etc.

http://www.slashgear.com/samsung-sur40-microsoft-surface-gets-unboxed-and-booted-09212767/
http://www.slashgear.com/tags/microsoft-surface/
http://cbeagrie.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/1042/
http://www.cloudbulletin.com/news/samsung-sur40-microsoft-surface-gets-unboxed-and-booted
http://www.i4u.com/2012/02/robert-gordon/samsung-sur40-microsoft-surface-gets-unboxed-and-booted
http://www.istartedsomething.com/20120209/microsoft-surface-2-begin-deliveries-samsung-sur40-unboxing-and-first-boot/
http://1zaurorath.h-info.co.in/?p=602
http://samsungbrands.blogspot.com/2012/02/samsung-sur40-microsoft-surface-gets.html
http://technologydailynews.com/2012/02/samsung-sur40-microsoft-surface-gets-unboxed-and-booted/
http://worldwidetechnews.com/2012/02/samsung-sur40-microsoft-surface-gets-unboxed-and-booted/
http://nl.hardware.info/extern/nieuws/23724134/samsung-sur40-microsoft-surface-gets-unboxed-and-booted
http://gadgetnuts.info/samsung-sur40-microsoft-surface-gets-unboxed-and-booted-slashgear.html
http://www.allaboutwindows7.com/microsoft-surface-2-begin-deliveries-samsung-sur40-unboxing-and-first-boot-2/
http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?/topic/33776-microsoft-surface-2-samsung-sur40-unboxing-and-first-boot/

There are probably many other posts to be found on the web about this, but the above should give you some idea of its popularity.