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Sony PlayStation Eye to get facial recognition

Sony PlayStation Eye to get facial recognition

Sony have revealed plans to add facial recognition capabilities to their PlayStation Eye webcam, potentially stealing part of Microsoft's Project Natal thunder.  According to Kish Hirani, Sony Europe's head of developer services, the functionality will soon be added to the existing hardware, with developer libraries available for games studios so that they don't need to exert effort specifically coding for the new system.

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Chiara Robot with WiFi b/g, articulated claw & Pico-ITX brain [Video]

Chiara Robot with WiFi b/g, articulated claw & Pico-ITX brain [Video]

Autonomous, intelligent robots are great, but when they look like classic Transformers characters they're even better.  The handiwork of Mellon University's Tekkotsu lab, the Chiara Robot has six independent legs, a claw arm with six degrees of freedom, and a combination of webcam and IR rangefinder for spotting objects and obstacles.  Even better, this is no simple lab project: the Chiara Robot will actually be manufactured and sold by RoPro Design.

Video demos after the cut

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D-Link DCS-1100 and DCS-1130 IP webcam promise simple setup

D-Link DCS-1100 and DCS-1130 IP webcam promise simple setup

D-Link have announced two new network webcams which promise plug-and-play remote viewing using the company's online streaming portal.  The D-Link Network Camera DCS-1100 launches today, while the DCS-1130 - with WiFi draft-n - arrives later in the month.

Both cameras can be accessed from any browser by going to D-Link's mydlink.com portal.  However they can also be used to stream live video to cellphones, with sound from the integrated microphone and remote control of 16x digital zoom and motion detection.