Monthly Archives: October 2010
German researchers are working on software that will detect and warn sleepy drivers.
Researchers in German are working on a new software that will help in deducting sleepy drivers and also warn them to stay off roads. To be developed by Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology, Eyetracker, a driver assist safety system that monitors facial features, and delivers an audible warning whenever the driver appears sleepy.
The system uses two cameras to monitor the pupils’ positions, and then watches for changes in a person’s line of vision. Utilizing up to six dashboard-mounted cameras with compact 3 to 4 millimeters lenses, the Eyetracker system processes up to 200 images per second to detect sleepiness using parameters like line of vision and eyelid position, irrespective of the spatial position of the driver’s head. he self-contained control unit is about the size of a matchbox, which means it could easily fit under a seat or in a console and can be installed anywhere in the car without much effort.
The researchers are planning to showcase the gadget at the VISION trade fair in Stuttgart to show how Eyetracking works in the field. Until that the product won’t be commercially available.
National Instruments has unveiled the latest version of its LabVIEW 2010, a graphical programming environment for design, test, measurement and control of applications.
LabVIEW which can be used for capturing, analyzing, and simulating signals from multiple sources (sensors, PC boards remote terminals) and allows engineers to analyze, simulate the required signals and systems as per his design requirements for range of innovative applications. The latest version of National Instruments’ flagship product claims to reduce time with new features like off-the-shelf compiler technologies that execute code an average of 20 percent faster.
According to Mr. Jayaram Pillai, Managing Director India, Russia & Arabia, National Instruments said, “National Instruments is dedicated to empower the Indian Engineer through user-defined, software-based approach for developing test, control, and embedded applications and the India LabVIEW Conference facilitates the exchange of information and ideas about innovative advances in technology and NI products”.
Facebook joins hands with Bing to make search results sound more personal.
Microsoft has joined hands with Facebook to provide users a personal touch while they access their search results on Microsoft’s search engine Bing. As part of the four-year alliance between the two companies, Bing search engine will show users which sites and products their Facebook friends like.
To be optional, the new feature dubbed “Liked Results” will allow users to go through information that has already been liked by their friends who have previously gone through the information. Thus now the things you search will come with a personal recommendation form your Facebook friends. In addition to this, the new feature will also help users search for friends on Facebook.
The new feature though is only rolled out to users in the United States.
Adobe’s latest reader will contain a major security upgrade.
Adobe which is all set to launch the new version of its reader by the end of this year is all set to update the security features to protect it from “Attacks”.
Adobe Reader Protected Mode will reportedly use sandboxing technology to limit the potential damage from a hacking attack. Brad Arkin, senior director of product security and privacy at Adobe said that the sandbox will be on by default. If an exploit, which is a mechanism developed by an attacker in order to deliver malicious software to a computer – attacks the application, it won’t be able to get out of the sandbox,
“Even if a bad guy finds a flaw to attack they are stuck in the sandbox. They would need a second level do something interesting,” said Arkin.
The Sandbox technology is used by both Microsoft and Google in their applications, and Adobe worked with both of those companies in developing the system for Reader.
With Adobe coming under criticism for its security flaws for which it has announced patches to fix the problems, the sandbox technology might just be the solution they are looking for.