Release 2012.09.20.00

(Autonomous Robot Control Software)
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Does your EZ-Robot need faster Face Tracking? High Resolution Realtime Video? Custom Haar Tracking? Updated Camera Control? Transparent Grid Lines? And more?

Okay! This is the last update of ARC for a few days, because I need to sleep. I don't know how I did it, but this has been a very productive week of releases. This release is a complete re-write of the camera control. You will notice an updated interface, new options and a new layout. The new layout is much easier to navigate and supports the new High Resolution Realtime Video display.

In the next while, I am working on a custom Haar Cascade Trainer built into ARC. This means you will be able to train objects to be recognized in ARC. Right now, you can use existing Haar Cascades definitions for tracking.


- New Control Commands (CameraViewProcessed, CameraViewRealtime)
- High Resolution Realtime Video
- Adjustable transparency on Grid Lines for Processed Video
- Custom Haar tracking
- Updated Camera Control Layout
- Camera Snapshot saves high resolution images

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#14  
Thanks DJ for the updates , but I didn't feel much improvement in face tracking, is there any fine tuning that should be done before? *confused*
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Synthiam
#15  
No additional settings necessary. It's absolutely fabulous! I impressed myself for a change. Im sure it'll work great if you use better lighting conditions:)
Canada
#16  
I can see vast improvement... and I have lousy lighting here. I love the new features! Thanks DJ!

I did notice a minor glitch after checking then un-checking the "Hide Settings". I'll toss that in the Bug forum.
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Synthiam
#17  
Don't bother posting. It had been noticed by us and fixed already for next release.
Canada
#18  
Aww... and I had pretty pictures and everything :D
Canada
#19  
Awesome... DJ have you thought about a visual studio publish point and enabling the application to check for updates on start feature? This would allow updates to be pulled and installed at runtime.

Thanks for the updates !
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Synthiam
#20  
@Tklass, thanks dude. It already does the check. You must have accidently closed it. Look under the Help men item and select "Check for latest update". And you can modify the checkbox so it checks each time you load ARC.
#21  
The camera gets more slow:(. Also I cant find the button to change the Camera Resolution .
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Synthiam
#22  
@kurt the camera is much faster and smoother. The CPU usage is the same but with more features and high resolution video - also you can view realtime high resolution video at the highest framerate your video hardware supports:)

camera resolution is the highest your video hardware supports automatically now:)
#23  
Thats weird, because when I pass the camera through it it takes like 2 seconds to show on the computer, maybe is because I have like 42 open internet windows.
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Synthiam
#24  
Haha, that might be it:)

Check your taskmanager and look at the cpu usage - what does it say for ARC with the camera running. Keep in mind, the more tracking types you have selected the more cpu usage will be required. With the number of things ARC does, you do need a reasonably new computer. I do many demos on a AMD C-50 with Windows 7 Home Edition and 4 GB of ram - I feel that is the slowest processor anyone would use these days.

This latest video processer uses the hardware accelerator on your graphics card also. But that is only available in Windows 7... So if you're XP, that will be an issue.
#25  
Thanks, Im using an Asus, with the Core I5 and 6 GB of ram with Windows 7
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#26  
@Kurt You are probably not running into processing power issues... but Windows can have a million and one glitches that will surface on one particular program or other... usually the one you want to work on the most:) Check for up to date camera drivers. You could also try uninstalling ARC and doing a clean install. Perhaps even test multiple cameras to see if it is the camera or specific driver issue. And also you can try to create a 2nd user profile and quickly test in that... if the issue is resolved then minor profile corruption is usually the cause.

One of my computers that I have used for ARC is an ASUS Aspire One with an Intel Atom N270 @ 1.6GHz and 1GB RAM. It was running XP, but because I wanted all the features of ARC, I shoe-horned in Windows 7 Home Prem on it's 8GB SSD, with a whole 387MB left over:) Thankfully I have SD cards for data storage.

However even with its limitations I have had no issues running my robot creations with video tracking (usually colour) & voice recognition (assuming I remember the commands I programmed :)). The built in camera is relativity low quality, so I did a face recognition test with an older build (one from all of two of three days ago :P) and then with this build. I can see an amazing improvement in this new build with camera quality, speed and face recognition... as in it now recognizes my face without me needing to get into kissing range of the cam:D
#27  
OK, I will test that, thanks
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#28  
Hi DJ,

i meant the visual studio deployment approach, i was not referring to the update check within the app.

I can see why you probably implemented it this way because people have the option to update or not since they effectively download the update vs the visual studio but updating it just before runtime.

thanks

Just thought i would throw it out there:)
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Synthiam
#29  
Oh I see. I've never been fond of the visual studio publish and update:) I think the current way is more personalized:D
#30  
Oh this is an awesome release, I need to make time to finish my Wall-E build :). Never too happy with face tracking, now i get a chance to try again....thanks man!
United Kingdom
#31  
HI Louis

Its excellent now , I can't say how much it's improved . go for it , It rocks

Steve_C.