Intelligent Video Surveillance
Systems and Technology
Hardcover ISBN: 1439813280
With recent advancements in video surveillance that can autonomously recognize people, detect movements, and identify targeted activities in real time, this volume examines the fundamental principles of current intelligent video surveillance systems, their algorithmic design, and system implementation issues, for new and experienced practitioners and researchers, educators, and students. Ma, a research scientist and electrical engineer, and Qian (electrical engineering, Arizona State U., Tempe) compile 17 chapters by electrical engineers, computer scientists, and others working in industry and academia in the US and Europe, who discuss background modeling, object-people detection, and tracking; techniques for activity recognition; multi-camera systems; and applications of intelligent video surveillance systems such as searching for people, soft biometrics, target tracking and geo-localization from an airborne platform, and 3D urban surveillance site reconstruction. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Complete Guide to Drones
Whatever Your Budget
Paperback ISBN: 1577151321
Welcome to the world of drones! Complete customizable with your needs, budget, and sense of adventure. This book will show you everything you could ever want to know about buying and flying your first drones. From getting to grips with the jargon you'll need to speak to other flyers, to how you can design and build your own drone with advanced features like live video feedback and programmable autopilot. You'll even learn how to read a sectional chart (that's a pilot's map-see, you're learning already!) This book is your gateway to the fun (and the learning) that awaits, and it'll keep you safe in the skies too.
The Longest War
Paperback ISBN: 1451691602
An environmental journalist traces the historical war against rust, revealing how rust-related damage costs more than all other natural disasters combined and how it is combated by industrial workers, the government, universities, and everyday people.
A Complete Introduction
Paperback ISBN: 1473614074
Now completely revised, Practical Electronics: A Complete Introduction covers the key areas of electronics you need to be confident in, whether you are a keen amateur hobbyist, an engineering student or a professional who wants to keep up to date. It outlines the basics in clear jargon-free English and provides added-value features like key ideas, memorable quotations and even lists of questions you might be asked in a seminar or exam. The book has been updated to remove complex and abstract technical thought and replace it with practical information that will be essential for students and general readers alike. It builds on basic principles such as simple circuits and switches, going on to explain how basic components can be used to form versatile digital systems, which can be combined and programmed to create new functional systems. It also covers microprocessor technology and microcontroller chips, showing how to program microcontrollers for learners wishing to explore this new technology. Practical Electronics employs the "Breakthrough method" to help you advance quickly at any subject, whether you're studing for an exam or just for your own interst. The Breakthrough Method is designed to overcome typical problems you'll face as learn new concepts and skills.
Inside the Machine
Art and Invention in the Electronic Age
Hardcover ISBN: 0393083594
In a visual history of the electronic age, the brilliant innovations of the 20th century are brought to life through art and images of electronics, tracing the advances and practical revolutions in automation, bionics, computer language and cybernetics.
The Toaster Project
Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch
Paperback ISBN: 1568989970
Where do our things really come from? China is the most common answer, but Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to know more. In The Toaster Project, Thwaites asks what lies behind the smooth buttons on a mobile phone or the cushioned soles of running sneakers. What is involved in extracting and processing materials? To answer these questions, Thwaites set out to construct, from scratch, one of the most commonplace appliances in our kitchens today: a toaster. The Toaster Project takes the reader on Thwaites s journey from dismantling the cheapest toaster he can find in London to researching how to smelt metal in a fifteenth-century treatise. His incisive restrictions all parts of the toaster must be made from scratch and Thwaites had to make the toaster himself made his task difficult, but not impossible. It took nine months and cost 250 times more than the toaster he bought at the store. In the end, Thwaites reveals the true ingredients in the products we use every day. Most interesting is not the final creation but the lesson learned. The Toaster Project helps us reflect on the costs and perils of our cheap consumer culture and the ridiculousness of churning out millions of toasters and other products at the expense of the environment. If products were designed more efficiently, with fewer parts that are easier to recycle, we would end up with objects that last longer and we would generate less waste altogether. Foreword by David Crowley, head of critical writing at the Royal College of Art and curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Autocad 3D Modeling
Exercise Workbook , Includes Both Inch and Metric Units
Paperback ISBN: 0831136138
The AutoCAD® 3D Modeling Exercise Workbook is designed for classroom instruction and self-study alike, and is suitable for both inch and metric users. There are 8 lessons and 4 modeling projects, all of which are heavily illustrated, for visual learners. Each lesson starts with step-by-step instructions on how to create 3D solid models, followed by exercises designed for practicing the commands readers learned within that lesson. The modeling projects are designed so that users can create complex 3D models by combining many of the commands learned within the previous lessons. Downloadable sample files are provided to accompany some of the lessons and modeling projects, so readers can follow along and customize their creations to suit their own needs. Written by Steve Heather, bestselling author and official Beta Tester of AutoCAD software, this is an invaluable resource for the thousands of designers, architects, and manufacturers who are using AutoCAD to create their own 3D models and transfer them to a 3D printer for manufacturing and use in the real world.