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Ken Rinaldo, ‘The Paparazzi Bots’, 2011 (Winter Olympics: Vancouver). | by Leonardo Electronic Almanac
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Ken Rinaldo, ‘The Paparazzi Bots’, 2011 (Winter Olympics: Vancouver).

Ultrasonic sensors are used for long distance sensing and active infrared sensors for short range sensing and for camera activation via a linear actuator solenoid.


I also needed to add bling to the work to simulate the paparazzi experience so I added slave flashes that are activated via the main camera flash. The smile sensor that is part of this work is part of the Sony Camera chipset as is the head tracking firmware. I hooked into this camera with a video transceiver and also send those images to a screen of the installation to show viewers the robotic camera hybrid that is tracking and capturing their images.


Cameras with smile recognition VLSI chips that allow them to recognize smiles are based on neuromorphic principles of engineering or looking at how the actual eye functions and recreating circuits that can mimic neuro-biological architectures present in the nervous system. I have been intrigued and enamored with the research of Carver Mead for some time (father of VLSI) and originator of one of the first artificial eyes with foveaeted vision.


In the shot you see here, an interactant is being captured by one of the Paparazzi Bots at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and here the image is sent via transceiver to a receiver attached to a large projector. This allows the viewer to see his or her own image through the eyes of the Paparazzi Bot camera.


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Taken on February 17, 2009