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A sample frame (minus logo) of a prototype of what the filter does.

Unlogo is a new tactical media project from Eyebeam Alum Jeff Crouse that eliminates logos and other corporate signage from videos. The project launched this week as part of the Berkeley Net Art Exhibition.

Join Jeff for a 2-hour workshop on Sept 29th from 6-8PM where he will teach participants how to use the tools behind Unlogo: the new FFMPEG AVFilter interface in conjunction with OpenCV to make "smart" video filters.

You can also support the project's future development with your dollars via the Unlogo Kickstarter campaign. http://kck.st/co2Ec6

 

After many many months of discussion, writing, and debate, version 1.0 of the Open Source Hardware Definition and statement of principles has been released!

This is BIG NEWS, for everyone who does open source hardware we finally have something we can put on our pages, stamp on our boards and say THIS is open source hardware! Of course this is just a first step, and we look forward to working on next versions, but still, this is a very important step for our community.

 

Last month, when Microsoft launched Kinect, an accessory that lets players control Xbox 360 games by moving their bodies, Limor Fried posted a challenge on her company’s blog. Adafruit Industries, which sells do-it-yourself electronics kits, would give $1,000 to the first person to unlock Kinect’s sophisticated motion sensors from the Xbox so that any tinkerer could repurpose the technology for such projects as building robots. In a week Adafruit had a winner, a Spanish engineer who got Kinect to work with his laptop just hours after it was released in Europe. “Now it’s unlocked for creativity,” Fried wrote.

 
Start Date: 
29 Sep 2010
Hours: 
6:30PM-8:30PM
Cost: 
$5+ suggested donation to Unlogo Kickstarter campaign
Venue: 
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Join Eyebeam Alum Jeff Crouse for a skillshare/pizza party to support his new project: Unlogo.  Jeff will teach you how to detect and track logos in videos using OpenCV 2.1, and augment/manipulate videos with the new FFMPEG AVFilter interface.

*Some* c++ experience recommended.

Please RSVP here:
https://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/528/p/salsa/event/common/public/?e...

 

Digital media artist and activist Joseph DeLappe discusses his work at the Museum of Modern Art.

 

Late Tuesday, a group of signatories including Wired magazine editor and DIY Drones' Chris Anderson, Phil Torrone of Make magazine, David Mellis of MIT Media Lab and Arduino, Limor Fried of Adafruit, and Ayah Bdeir of New York's Eyebeam publicly issued a formal definition of open-source hardware.

The basic elements of the standards are as follows: documentation; necessary software; derived works; free redistribution; attribution; no discrimination against persons or groups; no discrimination against fields of endeavor; distribution of license; license must not be specific to a product; license must not restrict other hardware or software; and license must be technology-neutral.

That is a definition that might be considered familiar to many who have read much about free-software licensing.

 
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Ushahidi,(Swahili for "testimony") is a website initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya during the post-election fallout in 2008.

Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories.

The Ushahidi Platform is a free and open source project with developers hailing from Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Malawi, Netherlands and the USA working on it.

The Ushahidi Platform allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. Our goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response.

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A couple of us from MAKE attended an inspirational meeting on Wednesday at Eyebeam in NYC with the most influential people in open source hardware including Limor Fried, Bunnie Huang (Chumby), and the Arduino team.

 
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