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Internet Of Things

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The Internet of Things promises vast opportunities, but it also poses challenges for businesses that seek to take action and realize tangible results as it can seem overwhelming, complicated and expensive. Microsoft can help enterprises drive business value while building on existing technology assets, devices and data. Microsoft, along with its partner ecosystem, has the devices, the services and the cloud to help you take advantage of IOT.
The Internet of Things is the subject of hype, and of vast projections: According to McKinsey Global Institute, the Internet of Things has the potential to create an economic impact of $2.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion annually by 2025 (McKinsey Global Institute, Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy, May 2013).
The Internet of Things is not a futuristic, aspirational technology trend. It’s here today in the devices, sensors, cloud infrastructure, and data and business intelligence tools you are already using. Rather than thinking about the Internet of Things in terms of everything–such as billions of devices and sensors–focus on what matters most to you. Instead of thinking about the massive amount of data being produced, think about how one piece of data can provide value to your business.
Microsoft delivers a unique, integrated approach that allows enterprises to capitalize on the Internet of Things by gathering, storing and processing data. This approach extends from a broad product portfolio for a range of PCs, tablets and industry devices on the edge of enterprise networks, to developer tools, backend systems and services, and a diverse partner ecosystem.
When connected line-of-business (LoB) assets–from sensors to industry devices–extend Windows across an enterprise’s infrastructure to the network edge, and the breadth of Microsoft’s data platform is harnessed, your business can capitalize on new intelligence and opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.
Microsoft delivers a unique, integrated approach for enterprises to capitalize on the Internet of Things by gathering, storing and processing data. This approach extends from our breadth product portfolio for a range of PCs, tablets and industry devices on the edge of enterprise networks, the powerful new Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service, developer tools, backend systems and a diverse ecosystem. Spanning from small connected sensors to rich industry devices, these intelligent systems help enterprises harness the trusted Windows platform to gather data from the edge of the network, process it with Microsoft’s data platform and serve it securely through engaging applications that drive real-time analysis and actionable opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. It’s all possible through technology innovations that leverage the vast potential of data.
Whether digital signs or point-of-service (POS) terminals in a store environment, industry handheld devices, robots on the manufacturing floor, or thin client devices in hospitals, Windows-based devices within intelligent systems transform business intelligence that can be used to grow, expand and streamline operations, and improve customer, employee and partner interactions.

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Microsoft PixelSense allows a display to recognize fingers, hands, and objects placed on the screen, enabling vision-based interaction without the use of cameras. The individual pixels in the display see what's touching the screen and that information is immediately processed and interpreted.

Think of it like the connection between the eye and the brain. You need both, working together, to see. In this case, the eye is the sensor in the panel, it picks up the image and it feeds that to the brain which is our vision input processor that recognizes the image and does something with it. Taken in whole…this is PixelSense technology.
A step-by-step look at how PixelSense works:

1.A contact (finger/blob/tag/object) is placed on the display
2.IR back light unit provides light (though the optical sheets, LCD and protection glass) that hits the contact.
3.Light reflected back from the contact is seen by the integrated sensors
4.Sensors convert the light signal into an electrical signal/value
5.Values reported from all of the sensors are used to create a picture of what is on the display
6.The picture is analyzed using image processing techniques
7.The output is sent to the PC. It includes the corrected sensor image and various contact types (fingers/blobs/tags)

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Infrared Digital Holography Allows Firefighters to See Through Flames, Image Moving People

Infrared Digital Holography Allows Firefighters to See Through Flames, Image Moving People | PixelSense | Scoop.it

Firefighters put their lives on the line in some of the most dangerous conditions on Earth. One of their greatest challenges, however, is seeing through thick veils of smoke and walls of flame to find people in need of rescue. A team of Italian researchers has developed a new imaging technique that uses infrared (IR) digital holography to peer through chaotic conflagrations and capture potentially lifesaving and otherwise hidden details. The team describes its breakthrough results and their applications in a paper published today in the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.
 
Firefighters can see through smoke using current IR camera technology. However, such instruments are blinded by the intense infrared radiation emitted by flames, which overwhelm the sensitive detectors and limit their use in the field. By employing a specialized lens-free technique, the researchers have created a system that is able to cope with the flood of radiation from an environment filled with flames as well as smoke.
 
“IR cameras cannot ‘see’ objects or humans behind flames because of the need for a zoom lens that concentrates the rays on the sensor to form the image,” says Pietro Ferraro of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) Istituto Nazionale di Ottica in Italy. By eliminating the need for the zoom lens, the new technique avoids this drawback.
 
“It became clear to us that we had in our hands a technology that could be exploited by emergency responders and firefighters at a fire scene to see through smoke without being blinded by flames, a limitation of existing technology,” Ferraro says. “Perhaps most importantly, we demonstrated for the first time that a holographic recording of a live person can be achieved even while the body is moving.”
 
Holography is a means of producing a 3-D image of an object. To create a hologram, such as those typically seen on credit cards, a laser beam is split into two (an object beam and a reference beam). The object beam is shone onto the object being imaged. When the reflected object beam and the reference beam are recombined, they create an interference pattern that encodes the 3-D image.
 
In the researchers’ new imaging system, a beam of infrared laser light is widely dispersed throughout a room. Unlike visible light, which cannot penetrate thick smoke and flames, the IR rays pass through largely unhindered. The IR light does, however, reflect off of any objects or people in the room, and the information carried by this reflected light is recorded by a holographic imager. It is then decoded to reveal the objects beyond the smoke and flames. The result is a live, 3-D movie of the room and its contents.


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How to do Digital Infrared Photography

In this video we take a look at how you can create some wicked cool IR photos with your DSLR.
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PixelMaster

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1.Excellent image quality comes from superb technology
PixelMaster is a unique ASUS-developed technology that combines software, hardware and optical design to deliver incredible image quality. With PixelMaster, your smartphone always produces professional high-quality photos. Best of all, it's with you all the time to capture every moment.
2.Unparalleled low-light performance
PixelMaster's low-light mode allows you to take clear photos or videos. Through a combination of adjusting the pixel size and image processing algorithms, we increased the light sensitivity by up to 400%, enhanced noise reduction and boosted color contrast by up to 200%.
3.A high quality 5-element optical formula
The sensor's larger photoreceptors and wide-aperture f/2.0 lens gather more light, allowing finer details to be captured. ASUS PixelMaster cameras integrate five brightness-enhancing lenses for excellent optical performance and distortion-free photos.
4.Shake-free photos
PixelMaster cameras integrate image stabilization technology to ensure that photos and videos are always crisp and shake-free. Advanced algorithms automatically compare reference points in a series of images to detect shaking. The final image or video is then stabilized by smartly shifting the frames when necessary, with the pixels outside of the visible frame providing a buffer for the motion.

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Life Pixel Digital Infrared Filter Comparison Photos

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Life Pixel digital camera infrared photography IR conversion modification information, instructions, tutorials and services. Example infrared images.

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This is how I've adapted my Canon XT camera sensor for use in INFRARED

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Portable IR Analyzers Provide Petroleum & Wastewater Industries with Accurate Oil Content Measurements on Environmental Expert

Portable IR Analyzers Provide Petroleum & Wastewater Industries with Accurate Oil Content Measurements on Environmental Expert | PixelSense | Scoop.it
August 16, 2013 -- E. Norwalk, CT -- Fixed filter infrared (IR) analyzers have been used to test oil levels in produced water on off-shore and on-shore ...

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