SO, you already freaked out hearing the news about a dancing bag of lays chips? Don’t be! If you thinking their is some another kind of integration happening over these bags then let me make it clear, it is not what it is. Rather, the bag is silent and making movements according to the played frequency! The bag actually responses the music being played, a “visual microphone”!

Computer researcher Abe Davis, a Ph.D. student at MIT, made what he’s calling a “visual receiver.” But he did it utilizing simply a high speed camcorder and custom programming.

He clarified his tests Monday at the TED meeting in Vancouver, Canada mentioning:

With his group, Davis recorded a sack of chips, clearly lying still on the ground — or thereabouts where it is visible. Remaining close to the bag, he began singing “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” When he played back the noiseless video, the pack didn’t seem to have moved. Then again, the high speed cam recounted an alternate story. By catching every modest casing of the footage and breaking down their diverse vibrations, the group had the capacity distinguish how Davis’ voice moved the sack — movements everything except imperceptible by the human eyes.

“Objects have this rest state, this state they like to be in naturally. We basically figure out how they tend to deform from that natural state,” Davis tells Mashable.

Davis in the TED talk prompted gently another question: Could we use this video algorithm to go beyond detecting subtle movements? Could we predict how objects would move? Yes.


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