by Rick Smith (April 25, 2001)
You wish you could go to the game, but it's halfway across the globe? You want to know if a specific chair is in stock at the furniture store? You need to see the daily status on your construction project four states away? All of these problems can be solved with Perceptual Robotics TrueLook technology and systems.
If a TrueLook system was installed at the ball park, furniture store or construction site you would be able with a standard web browser, without any plug-ins, to look where you want at these locations. More than simply a fixed "Internet cam", the TrueLook system allows you to remotely pan, tilt and zoom camera at the remote location. You get to see what you want, when you want to see it.
If a few more people decide that they want to go to the game, store or construction site, the TrueLook software automatically shares the camera. This gives you the feeling that you are the only person controlling your very own private camera. For crowds of people, TrueLook uses banks of cameras and software algorithms to cache, share and control the camera movement. Camera operators at games have only a single director telling them where aim, but TrueLook's robotic cameras could have hundreds of people shouting (via their browser screen) to look over "there". With each "there" being a different location for each viewer, the TrueLook software gives each viewer their own private image and optimally handles all the requests.
Editor's note: We first met with Perceptual Robotics at the 1998 Digital Frontier Conference at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. I spoke with Kevin Convery from their Sales and Marketing department -- he is now their Vice President of Sales. See the pictures.
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