Looking for a quiet restaurant? Or wondering if the party has started at your favourite nightclub? Live video streams to the mobile phones of would-be diners and dancers lets them look inside.
A new wireless application called the IRIS camera uses Analog Devices' Blackfin processor to secure and stream video from a camera to an enabled portable device, such as a GPRS or 3G phone. Or, the IRIS technology can transmit live or recorded video to a mobile device over a standard mobile phone network. Blackfin's RISC-type instruction simplified the porting of algorithms like the MPEG4 Common Image Format.
Because the IRIS technology lets multiple users access the same camera, data security was a key consideration. Blackfin encrypts the video from end-to-end, ensuring that it won't be tampered with by unauthorised users.
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