After a journey of 10 years, of which 31 month spend in hibernation, ESA’s spacecraft Rosetta has officially woken up. The radio signal transmitted from the ‘comet chaser’ was received by ESOC, Germany tonight at 7:18PM GMT.
Rosetta is designed to land on an actual flying comet, the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, to gather information on how comets behave and possibly find clues to the formation of the Solar System.
Rosetta is now about 673 million kilometers away from the Sun, and radio signals take up to 50 minutes to arrive. The spacecraft operates in a similar way as the Mars lander, Curiosity. Once Rosetta’s lander, Philae, has been successfully put on the comets surface in November, it will send the same HD pictures as those taken from Mars’ surface (but they will not be 3D).
Facial tracking software uses your webcam feed and presents you as a high-quality 3D character, mimicking your facial expressions and position. Also claims to alter your voice amongst other features.
The project was featured on Indiegogo and has already reached it’s target with a month to go - video embedded below demonstrates many interesting features:
FaceRig is a program enabling anyone with a webcam to instantly embody any character they want. The output can be streamed to Skype, Twitch or any service that uses a webcam. It can also be instantly recorded as a movie. For now we’re focusing on the portrait and the audio, but we aim to do more in the future.
It is currently in development, but we’re already having lots of fun with it. We, the developers, would love to have the chance to finalize it and keep it indie to make it available at a low price for everyone to enjoy; that’s why we’re on Indiegogo. We hope you’ll join in and help us create something fresh and fun.
You can find out more at Indiegogo here, or at the official website here
Google unveils ‘smart contact lens’ to measure glucose levels
Google has said it is testing a “smart contact lens” that can help measure glucose levels in tears. It uses a “tiny” wireless chip and a “miniaturised” glucose sensor embedded between two layers of lens material. The firm said it is also working on integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed certain thresholds. But it added that “a lot more work” needed to be done to get the technology ready for everyday use. “It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype,” the firm said in a blogpost. “We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.” (via BBC News - Google unveils ‘smart contact lens’ to measure glucose levels)
European startup relayr, founded in January last year and currently based at the StartupBootcamp accelerator, has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign for a hardware kit for developers aimed at making it easier for them to experiment with building apps for the long-promised Internet of Things. (via TechCrunch)