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Computer technology: robotic milking and interactive mirrors: Track 1

What have computers got to do with cows? Can a wooden mirror help us understand the computing behind digital image capture? Neil Rowse is the first dairy farmer in the UK to use a computerised system that gives cows control over when they are milked, and allows him to remotely monitor the welfare of individual animals. Daniel Rozin has created an computer operated mirror made from 835 tilting wooden tiles. With the help of a digital camera and a computer programme, the wooden tiles mimic the digital pixel information and tilt themselves into a ‘reflection’. This material is taken from The Open University course T224 Computers and processors.

By: The iTunes U team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 45 mins
  • Updated Thursday 11th February 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Computing & ICT
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Track 1: Computer technology: robotic milking and interactive mirrors

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2008


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Computer technology: robotic milking and interactive mirrors    A short introduction to this album. Play now Computer technology: robotic milking and interactive mirrors
2 The cows that milk themselves    The automatic milking robot that gives cows control over when they are milked. Play now The cows that milk themselves
3 Tempting the cows into the machine    How the robotic milking system works. Play now Tempting the cows into the machine
4 Feeding the babies    From the robot milker to the robot feeder in the calf nursery. Play now Feeding the babies
5 Keeping check on the cows    Regular monitoring and emergency alerts. Play now Keeping check on the cows
6 Why go robotic?    Benefits for the cows, the farmer and his family. Play now Why go robotic?
7 Mirrors as interactive art    Daniel Rozin’s wooden mirror and how it works. Play now Mirrors as interactive art
8 Behind the mirror    The technology that drives the mirror. Play now Behind the mirror
9 Creating the prototype    Creating the mirror's building blocks. Play now Creating the prototype
10 From image to display    How information from the camera is turned into a ‘reflection’ on the mirror. Play now From image to display
11 Why milking and mirrors?    Open University lecturer Bernie Clark, explains why the two examples were chosen for the T224 course. Play now Why milking and mirrors?