Facebook announced a technology that translates thoughts into typed text, and 360-degree camera (4 pics + video)
In the framework of the implementation of virtual reality technology company Oculus, owned by Facebook, has presented interesting novelties: two 360-degree camera and sensor capable of translating thoughts into typed text.
The first panoramic camera is equipped with 24 touch sensors. The second model is simpler, uses only six similar sensors. Both handsets are ready to burn videocontent with six degrees of freedom, so you no longer need to handle the video to get a detailed 360 degree picture. It is clear, without distortion. However, if postprocessing is still required, the device owner can in a jiffy change the background and be at home on the couch, but on a tropical island, for example. The developers are confident that such features will help to develop the users of Facebook creativity.
Through the use of the principle of volumetric capture the design of the gadgets has remained fairly simple, which means that they will not cost exorbitant money and will be able to get the most widespread. After passing the licensing procedure similar modifications with its own modifications will produce all partners of the brand.
The second interesting novelty, Silent Speech, ready to transcribe to one hundred words per minute, the speed of typing five times faster than typing on the smartphone. Most likely, the first version of a Silent Speech interface can only give unequivocal answers, but over time the technology will use advanced functionality — up to convey emotion, which will allow the method is not limited to the English-speaking audience. Now the project is at an early stage of development but it has already involved 60 people, some of whom are experts in the field of machine learning and neuroprotection.
As a tool for reading the brain is proposed to use non-invasive sensors that will measure brain activity and detect signals associated with speech or writing a text. However, as assured the head of Department of innovative development Facebook Building 8 Regina Dugan, the system will decode only those thoughts, which the user would like to share, avoiding publicity random. As it is planned to put into practice, the company does not specify. But it often happens that because of the emotional state in the head swarming ideas and Express we is another. It is also uncertain how to deal with the issue of privacy and confidentiality.
In Building 8 are working on technology to “hear” the sound skin. The software converts the audio signal into frequency components which are reproduced using 16 drives in a special device on the hand. After training, the person begins to distinguish individual words. While they are only 9, but gradually the system will expand the number of supported words to a hundred.