On Multimedia & Photography

Bokodes – amazing uses for cameras to come

In Fun, New Tech on July 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm

barcodes-2-enlargedA team of MIT researchers have designed a 3mm replacement for traditional barcodes, called the Bokode, expressly designed for long distance camera recognition (4-20 meters). Based on visual data transmitted in your image’s bokeh and refocused by your camera lens onto the sensor, the Bokode “can hold thousands of times more information than their striped cousins and can be read by a standard mobile phone camera.”

This BBC article has more details:

“Let’s say you’re standing in a library with 20 shelves in front of you and thousands of books.”

“You could take a picture and you’d immediately know where the book you’re looking for is.”

And the [research] team also believes the tags could find their way into places not normally associated with traditional barcodes. For example, the system’s ability to read angular information could allow its use in motion-capture systems used to create videogames or films. “

More details and a video after the jump.

Here’s a dry presentation of some fascinating material. It picks up after 0:45

Obviously if some form of this takes off in building/merchandise/pet/people(?)-tagging, this means an even further proliferation of personal cameras, as well as possibly frightening security issues. As for multimedia journalism, given the angular readings possible on bokodes, proper recording of such data and triangulation between the points could make for potential geotagging of sorts for photos and video. This would allow for interesting inter-linking of different visual material collected, somewhat like what we see in Microsoft’s Photosynth.

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