An experiment in connectivity

Look out through my glasses right now (or when last transmitted)

WearCam has been an experiment in connectivity, starting early 1994, running on and off until September 15, 1996 (shut down when I went to ICIP 96 in Lousanne, due to poor net connection from there). After the conference, I decided that extensive revisions were in order: with further development of the pencigraphic image compositing algorithm that assembles the images transmitted from my wearable computer system to the base station on the roof of building 54. The hope is to have near-realtime performance using a 64-processor system.

The new parallel-processor pencigraphic image compositing tool will hopefully be up and running in the next few months.

In the meantime, while the system is under development, please visit the gallery of previously transmitted pencigraphic image composites ("Seamless Hockney" with the cubism removed computationally, giving rise to a single-perspective image composite).

Previously, the image assembly has been slow, but hopefully the "painting with looks" environment maps will be back online soon, at the much higher (near realtime) data rate.

The WearCam project is also in need of some UROP students to convert everything over to Java or something like that so that the environment maps are interactive (so people can navigate my current sphere of view in real time in a more intuitive way)

WearCam was one of the first cameras (perhaps it was the second camera to appear on the WWW) on the WWW, inspired by the coffee pot camera in the UK, although, presently, there are no other wearable or pencigraphic cameras on the WWW.

See a small gallery of what I've recently looked at

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other cameras on the Internet. However, "wearcam" appears to still be the only computer with Internet address wirelessly attached to a person. If you know of others, please let me know: mann@eecg.toronto.edu


My new www page is at U. Toronto, e.g. http://genesis.eecg.toronto.edu/ or http://www.eecg.toronto.edu/~mann

Contact info: Prof. Steve Mann,
University of Toronto,
Department of Electrical Engineering, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 3G4,
(416) 946-3387
mann@eecg.toronto.edu.

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My Snail mail (Canada Post) is also on that same page.