YouTube has included automatic 3D conversion for user generated vidoes uploaded in 1080p format. It initially let creators convert YouTube videos into 3D with a click. Now, the beta has been rolled out to everyone. Users simply select 3D viewing in the quality settings on the YouTube player.

YouTube uses a combination of video characteristics such as color, spatial layout and motion to estimate a depth map for each frame of a monoscopic video sequence. YouTube helps the system to learn video depth characteristics and apply them in depth estimation. The generated depth map and the original monoscopic frame create a stereo 3D left-right pair, that a stereo display system needs to display a video as 3D. Then, YouTube applies cloud computing scalability to break up a video into tiny chunks of data and process them in parallel.

Smart Monitor, a San Jose based motion sensor devices manufacturer, has developed the SmartWatch for the health and wellness markets. SmartWatch is a patent protected, intelligent wristwatch with accurate motion detection and alerting capabilities.

Introducing the SmartWatch

SmartWatch is an easy-to-use, portable movement monitor. SmartWatch can be worn continuously and anywhere: in and out of bed, during sleeping and waking hours, in homes, schools and offices. The SmartWatch analyses activity for abnormalities, using sophisticated algorithms, and issues alerts upon the onset of various types of repetitive and excessive movements. Users can also call for help with just a push of a button. The ability to track and record movement patterns is an additional benefit of SmartWatch. It records movement patterns plus the time and duration of any unusual occurrences.  Users can securely access their private information and archived reports for later review. SmartWatch can reduce fears from the mids of the people, that something could happen without being able to notify or get help in a timely fashion. With this technology, SmartWatch offers autonomy and privacy to the users and peace-of-mind for their families.

How SmartWatch Works

SmartWatch works in conjunction with an Android smart phone, Smart Monitor recommends the Nexus S 4G. The SmartWatch user needs to carry one of these phones with them or have it within a 3-5 foot range. When the SmartWatch detects movement outside a normal spectrum it wirelessly signals the smart phone within seconds.


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