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Scientists Turn Old Smartphones Into All-Seeing Eyes

"That clunky old Android phone sitting in a drawer may be more useful than you think. A team from Carnegie Mellon University has created a program called Zensors that uses connected smartphone or surveillance cameras to track your environment, figure out what's going on and give you valuable alerts and statistics. The team showed how a user can point a smartphone outside a window, circle an area of interest, and pose a natural-language question like "how many cars are in the parking lot?" Zensor then proceeds to track cars as they enter and leave, giving a business data about its customers."

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ZoyosJD969d ago

Interesting use, but for the most part, I think I'd rather see them recycled as most of the data seems like it would be pretty obvious to the average business owner or better be implemented with a full security system.

ravinash967d ago (Edited 967d ago )

Hopefully once the software has been perfected, it'll go into such security systems which might make them cheaper or more useful.

I think the purpose of this is to develop the software cheaply rather than find a new use for old smart phones.