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Mini and Pico-itx boards - 2007/05/26 02:48 This thread discusses the Content article: Mini and Pico-itx boards

These small form factor PC motherboards are all good news, and will usher in a new range of embedded applications. One of the many projects which I've had lurking at the back of my mind for a few years is to use something like this to make a wearable computer with a head or shoulder mounted camera.
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Re:Mini and Pico-itx boards - 2007/05/26 03:18 For proof of concept it doesn't need to be so small - a mini-itx board is only 17x17cm so it would fit in a small back-pack along with some batteries.

What would you take pictures of - some sort of machine learning in a human environment project?
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Re:Mini and Pico-itx boards - 2007/05/26 03:25 I think people broadcasting their visual auditory experience live to the internet will become a media phenomena quite soon. We already have YouTube with people making videos using their webcams, and its entirely logical to think that this will eventually go fully wireless. Way back in the 1990s Steve Mann did something like this:

http://www.cnn.com/TECH/9604/08/computer_head/

We're already seeing police wearing head mounted cameras, and it's only a matter of time before these devices stream directly onto the web.
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Re:Mini and Pico-itx boards - 2007/05/26 19:49 I do a lot of work with Arcom computers and there is a wearable computer thats avialable from them. It looks pretty cool and looks like something the Predator would wear. When you stop moving it goes into standby mode.

The Pico ITX does look pretty good but the power consumption would be a possible issue in using it as a wearable computer. The specs show a nominal 1-5A draw on both the 5V and 3.3V supplies. Thats a lot of current for wearable batteries if you ask me.
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Re:Mini and Pico-itx boards - 2007/05/26 19:54 You could probably use a cell phone to take pictures periodically and send them to the internet, although streaming video and sound might be a little more tricky (and potentialy costly).
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