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Visual Searching

Visual Searching is an automatic object identification method whereby the source device uses a camera or sometimes two cameras for depth perception, to scan a physical location to find a particular object or particular feature at that location.

Conceivably it could also be used just as efficiently in a virtual environment. However there are typically more efficient ways of locating an object in a virtual space than are available in a physical one.

Visual Searching relies on some of the same core technologies that augmented reality does. It uses machine vision, run from a neural network so it can detect approximate matches rather than just being limited to perfect fits. Quite often something that bears a resemblance to an internal 3D virtual environment is constructed, so as to work out what objects would look like from different angles to determine if an object actually matches. Results are usually returned that overcome a probability threshold, similar to the way human vision operates.

Unlike AR, Visual Searching is usually not a real-time. When a search is requested, a search is performed, and may take several seconds depending on the available computing power.

See Also: Machine Vision, Neural Network, Weak AI, Object space, Augmented Reality

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Resource List: Visual AR Development
Visual augmented reality elements are amongst the simplest AR elements to integrate into the physical environment. That said, tracking and adjusting for a continually changing user viewpoint, without it becoming obvious that the data is superimposed from VR, is a major undertaking.

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Cystal [eye]ball: Precognitive Eyes are Normal
It takes our brain nearly one-tenth of a second to translate the light that hits our retina into a visual perception of the world around us. Because of the 10th of a second delay, an Assistant Professor has developed a case arguing that our visual system needs to do more than just report current events - it needs to see the future as well.

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Its all in your mind
Visual Psychology in game design, tricking the player's mind.

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TwittAround is a novel AR application, combining the technologies of visual augmented reality, Geolocation, Twitter, and the iPhone.

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Can culture dictate the way we see?
The way the primary visual cortex in the brain develops, may not be hardwired after all, but may develop according to experience, according to some fairly stunning revelations from the University of Illinois in Urbana, US, in early 2007.

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A Silent World
The value of sound is ofter overlooked when designing a virtual world, who, for all the prolieration of speaker systems, all too often concentrate on visual only - especially the non gameworlds.

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3D Engines > Vpython
Vpython, short for "Visual Python" is a 3D library specifically written for the open-source, cross-platform language, Python.

A different sort of iWear device, Vuzix's AV 230XL is panoramic, yet designed solely for audio-visual playback, not for interactivity,


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Like the robots in the "Terminator" movies, our eyes move methodically through a scene when seeking out an object. If we don't immediately find what we're searching for, our attention leaves the already-scanned area behind and moves on ...

Search engine use is not just part of our daily routines; it is also becoming part of our learning process, according to Penn State researchers. The researchers sought to discover the cognitive processes underlying searching. They examined ...

Games, cameras and music players have all been added to our handsets in the last few years, but 2005 could see another big innovation that won't just see a change in our mobile phone habits - it might alter the way we listen to the radio.<...

We've heard it before: "Imagine yourself passing the exam or scoring a goal and it will happen." We may roll our eyes and think that's easier said than done, but in a new study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for ...

New research suggests that for middle aged and older people, using the internet helps boost brain power.

A University of California Los Angeles team found searching the web stimulates centres in the brain that control decisio...