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Lunch-n-Learn: Finding Rockets in the High Desert with HTML5

Hey folks, sorry for the last-minute notice.  I woke up with the urge to shake things up a bit for today and thought I might as well present something I've been having fun with lately ...

What's the talk about?  Well, the Oregon Rocketry club has a problem: when you launch a rocket 1000's of feet up you don't always know where it comes down.  Finding them can be really hard, and losing them can be really expensive ($100's of dollars in time and money).  I thought it'd be fun to take a stab at trying to find some of these lost rockets by writing a little web app that uses HTML5 to do real-time video processing to help searchers locate spectral anomalies (i.e. rockets!) out in the scrub brush.  I'll demo what I've done so far, and then we can drop into Q & A from there.

What will you learn?  You'll learn how to use the new HTML5 video API to access a webcam, process the video in realtime, and display a modified version of that video, also in realtime.  You'll also learn a bit about the local rocket scene.

Whos the talk for?  Pretty much anyone with a curious mind.  Some grasp of programming will be helpful since I'll be walking thru a small amount of code, but it's not required.  I'll keep the geek-speak to a minimum.

Cheers, and please RSVP by 11am so I have a sense of how much pizza to order!  (BTW, donations go to the Tech Alliance and help pay for pizza)

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  • Robert K.

    You can find the demo here: http://broofa.com/Misc/spectral/

    "View Source" to see the annotated source code. (cc @Brian Gomez, @Chen Huang)

    May 30, 2013

  • Brian G.

    Great material!

    May 29, 2013

    • Brian G.

      Was there to be an upload with this? If so, where do I find?

      May 29, 2013

  • Miles W.

    Robert, sorry I missed this. I am a model rocket fan and interested in what you have been working on. I am hoping to teach basic rocket building and thrust/altitude understanding & calculations at Bend Creative Lab.

    May 29, 2013

    • Robert K.

      Hi miles, no worries - this was more a mental exercise than an real project. But it's a fun demo of emerging web technologies (I think) - I'd be happy to give you a quick demo the next time we meet. Also, I have a web-based rocket simulation app I've been working on that you might be interested in.

      (polite reminder: please use a profile picture that helps people recognize/identify you - thx!)

      May 29, 2013

  • Brian G.

    This sounds really interesting. I hope my RSVP at 11:01 am was not too late. I like pizza.

    1 · May 29, 2013

    • Robert K.

      (polite reminder: please use a profile picture that helps people recognize/identify you - thx!)

      May 29, 2013

  • Robert K.

    @chen - No formal presentation, but I'll post code afterwards.

    May 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great, thanks.

      May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice.
    I work for Geosoft. We identify anomalies to help find unexploded ordnance. Curious about your app, but can't make it. Will you send out presentation after event?

    May 29, 2013

  • Michael T.

    I already have lunch plans and we're demoing a space portal. Sorry!

    May 29, 2013

  • Timmy C.

    Sounds fun

    May 29, 2013

  • Dennis M.

    Sounds interesting. I may be a few minutes late, but I should be there.

    May 29, 2013

  • Steve

    Wow!

    May 29, 2013

  • Michael A.

    Wow! Now that's creative use of a lunch hour, Robert... Good Stuff (-\

    May 29, 2013

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