Sunday, April 10, 2011

Barcode Your Zebra

Do you know where your pet zebra is right now?

Every zebra owner lives with this constant worry. Now, you can have that complete peace of mind you've been longing for and continue to watch TV. Let a computer find your zebra. Researchers at Princeton and UI Chicago have developed Stripe Spotter, which treats the zebra's individual stripes as a form of barcode. You start by adding some of your most cherished photos of your pet zebra (assuming you have taken some) into the stripespotter database.

I don't know about you, but I've already downloaded the software and plan to apply it ... just as soon as I locate my zebra to take its photo.

† M. Lahiri, C. Tantipathananandh, R. Warungu, D.I. Rubenstein, T.Y. Berger-Wolf. "Biometric Animal Databases from Field Photographs: Identification of Individual Zebra in the Wild," Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR 2011), Trento, Italy, 2011.

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