On Computer Vision article

This reading was very inspirational as it gave me a lot of ideas to choose from when it came to deciding what I wanted to make for this project. After reading Computer Vision in Interactive Art chapter I knew I wanted to work with live video and tracking, be it tracking color or brightness or movement or whatever I could possibly imagine tracking.

The elementary computer vision techniques mentioned in the article, which are detecting motion, detecting presence, detection through brightness thresholding, simple object taking and basic interactions, gave me a better idea of what I could use in my project. All of these techniques were well explained which gave me enough understanding of what I should be aiming for in my work.

The one project I was impressed by the most was the Suicide Box by the Bureau of Inverse Technology installed in 1996. I did not think that a computer vision project, with the help of machine-vision based surveillance, could have such a big social impact and cause ethical controversy. At the same time, this project was a proof (if the data of the amount of recorded suicides was real) that machines can record data with the accuracy that humans cannot.

When working on my project and color detection, I was suggested to watch a YouTube video of Daniel Shiffman explaining the algorithms of color tracking. And he also had this article on Computer Vision open throughout the most part of the video, and even referenced it a couple of times, so this definitely helped me understand what Daniel was talking about!