The Future is Shiny

by Pete Burtis

Introducing ProxSentry

09/01/12 1:34 am

A pseudo-proximety sensor experiment for OS X

I have started a new, little side project on my github page. It's called ProxSentry.

ProxSentry uses your Mac's built-in camera and OS X's built in facial detection technology to determine when you're paying attention to your computer.

Using this information, ProxSentry can do smart things, like:

During a discussion of sleep and power management on episode 82 of the podcast Hypercritical, John Siracusa envisioned that Apple might one day add a proximity sensor to the Mac, so that things like sleeping and waking one's computer could be managed more precisely as the user came and went.

This got my mind spinning: between the built-in camera and the facial detection libraries that have shipped with OS X since Lion, it seemed possible that the Mac might already have a pretty good approximation of a proximity sensor built in. The idea intrigued me, and I was temporarily burned out on the project I was working on anyway, so I decided to sit down for a night or two and see what could be cobbled together.

The result is ProxSentry.

If you're interested, head on over to my github page and check it out.

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

04/02/12 1:39 pm

Appologies for the lack of content here over the last week or two. A bug has popped up which makes posting here hard, and I haven't had the time to fix it.

We should be up and running again soon, in the meantime please enjoy this early 90s Canadian public service message.

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