Facial Feature Detection, the result

So in this post you saw me playing with facial feature detection. I’ve used that to construct a robot (together with Ynze van der Spek) that tries to mimic your facial expressions, the robot was inspired on the MIMBO project, since ours ran on Windows instead of on an iPhone we’ve called it Wimbo. The robot was part of an exhibit at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen for 2 months and was then moved to Der Aa-Kerk in Groningen for the ‘Nacht van de Kunst en Wetenschap‘  (Night of Arts & Sciences). My old boss just e-mailed me some pictures of the robot in use during the exhibit so I’d thought I’d share them.

Wimbo was build for Science LinX, an institute of the faculty of Natural Sciences at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen that tries to inspire pupils to choose a career in science. The photos were made by Hugomatic



Btw, as you see this is not the third, and final, Farseer Physics tutorial, unfortunately I haven’t had much time to program on personal projects lately, but I promise I will try to finish it as soon as I can. Can’t give any ETAs though!

Oct 2012

Blog, Personal

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Science LinX Herschel Exhibit

For Science LinX I’ve working on an exhibit regarding the ESA Herschel satellite for the last 6 months, and I’m happy to inform you that it’s almost complete.


-Camera is moved by using multi-touch signals sent by monitor,
-Accurate simulation of our solar system, planets support properties like eccentricity, inclination, orbital radius, equatorial diameter,  rotations per earth-year, orbits per earth-year.
-Herschel satellite stationary in lagrange point L2.
-Fully 3D
-Multiple lighting effects
- Particle effects (not currently used)
-Beautiful skybox generated using Space Scape
-Expandable information boxes slowly center arc-ball camera on P.O.I.
-Twitter integration (following the @ESAHERSCHEL channel)
-Clickable planets, satellites and points of interests
-Multiple Zoom levels smoothly change information windows, ‘tunnel vision’.


Anyway, this all sounds exciting (or not) but it’s always better  to see it for yourself:

The Team
-Bart v/d Laar (Project Manager Science LinX)
-Ingeborg Veldman (Project Manager Science LinX Virtual)
-Hilbert Dijkstra (Project Designer, Text Writer)
-Roy Triesscheijn (Programmer)
-Hugo Engwerda (Artist)
-Gerwin Kramer (Modeler)
-Peter Barthel (Astronomer/Technical Consultant)

Jun 2011

Blog, Programming, XNA

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