Hissing might be a means of operating equipment, suggests this study: “Predictive Scanning Keyboard Operated by Hissing,” Ondřej Poláček [pictured here], Zdeněk Mikovec, and Pavel Slavik, in Proceedings of the 2nd IASTED International Conference Assistive Technologies, 2012, pp. 862-9. The authors, at Czech Technical University in Prague, report: “This strategy is demonstrated on three virtual […]
Prize-winning cat-on-your-keyboard detector
Here’s an appreciative look at the Ig Nobel Prize-winning cat-on-your-keyboard detector. Zachary Crockett writes, on the Priceonomics blog: The Software That Detects When a Cat Is Messing with Your Keyboard … While 140 Ig Nobel prizes have been doled out in history, only one has been awarded in the category of “computer science.” This distinct honor goes […]
Cat on a keyboard, then and again
Watching this old video of a cat on a keyboard might give you a deeper appreciation for a later invention: PawSense, software that detects when a cat is walking across your computer keyboard. Chris Niswander, the inventor of PawSense, was awarded the 2000 Ig Nobel Prize in computer science.