Today the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com has opened its doors to projects from the Netherlands. Because of the world wide success of our Fish on Wheels video we wanted to develop the fish car from the movie into a real product. Kickstarter projects are especially suitable for these kinds of innovative projects so we decided to make sure that we could launch our Fish on Wheels at exactly the moment that the website was open to project creators from the Netherlands.
At Studio diip, we developed a real-time Blackjack scoring assistant that shows your current score next to your cards. By recognizing playing cards on a table with a top down camera, this system can determine the score for each player and project this around cards. A demonstration of the system can bee seen in the YouTube video.
With our already established expertise in the area of playing card recognition we were able to quickly build a system that is specifically suited for use in Blackjack. By looking for specific card shapes and using learning algorithms for the card’s index number the score is determined for each card. These are then added up and displayed next to the card by using a top down projector. In this way we “augment” the table cloth around the cards with information.
For now the system shows the resulting score for each player, but with the identity of each card known it can be extended relatively easy for other purposes. An example of this is showing the chance that a player goes bust when taking another card for teaching purposes or detecting cheating. The system is not limited to just projectors to show the score, imagine the possibilities of combining this detection with a technology like Google Glass.
Last Thursday Fish On Wheels was part of the Belgian TV show “Scheire en de Schepping“. The fish driving car was already recorded for the Discovery Channel and an interview appeared on BBC radio, but this was the first time the car was presented to a studio audience.
The show itself has some resemblance with the BBC’s program “QI” and is a mix of scientific questions, humor and interesting recent news items. Every episode features four TV personalities as contestants that have to score points by answering questions to be able to decide a winner in the finale. One of these rounds involves a guest that presents a certain invention. The contestants have to guess what the invention is, but the guest can only answer with yes, no or maybe.
In the ninth episode of the third season Thomas de Wolf of Studio diip presented Fish on Wheels, along with some other computer vision projects. You can watch the whole episode on YouTube or immediatly see this specific part of the show below:
Right after we launched our “Fish on Wheels” all big tech-blogs started writing articles about it. After the tech-blogs, the normal news websites and even television shows followed. For days the “Fish on Wheels” movie was in the top 50 most watched movies on YouTube worldwide, with currently close to a million views on YouTube alone. A part of a Discovery Channel episode of Daily Planet was even recorded in our office. You can find the episode here on Discovery Channel (February 11th 2014).
Other shows about Fish on Wheels:
Another fun video by Peter Anthony Holder:
A selection of articles on websites:
– Engadget (First website to post about the Fish on Wheels!)
– The Verge
– Business Insider
– NBC News
– Daily Mail
– University Of Technology Eindhoven / Cursor
– Huffington Post
– KIJK Magazine