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QuiltView: a Crowd-Sourced Video Response System

What is QuiltView?

QuiltView is a crowd-sourced video response system based on smart glasses such as Google Glass. Specifically, it leverages the ability of capturing first-person view-point video with effortless one-touch in such Glass devices. The extreme simplicity of video capture can be used to create a new near-real-time social network. In this network, users can pose brief queries to other users in a specific geographic area and receive prompt video responses. The richness of video content provides much detail and context to the person posing the query, while consuming little attention from those who respond. The QuiltView architecture incorporates result caching, geolocation and query similarity detection to shield users from being overwhelmed by a flood of queries. More detailed information can be found in this paper


All source code, documentation, and related artifacts associated with the QuiltView open source project are licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

A copy of this license is reproduced in the LICENSE file, and the licenses of dependencies and included code are mentioned in the NOTICE file.

System Components and Workflow

The system currently consists of three components. You can find the source code for each component accordingly:

  1. server under /quiltview-service - This is the part you should run it on a global server. It comes with a web interface so you can post your queries there. The server will deliver queries to clients and receive video responses back. The server stores the videos (at least for some time) to serve as a cache to shortcuit future queries.

  2. client under /client - This is the Android code you should run on a Google Glass. When the Glass receives a query, it will pop up and the user can simply reply with a short video with one touch. The video will be uploaded to Youtube and the Metadata about the video, including the Youtube link, will be stored in our QuiltView server. If the user does not reply within 10 seconds, the query will disappear.

  3. proxy under proxy_server - This piece exists only because we cannot find a way to store a recorded video on Glass disk with customized application. So what we do now is to stream the frames from client to the proxy, store the video there, and upload it to Youtube from proxy.

Tested Platforms

Currently we have only tested the source code with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit.

Setting Up Server

  1. Go to the QuiltView root directory

  2. Install system libraries

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get install python-pip mysql-server mysql-client libmysqlclient-dev python-dev python-gflags libblas-dev libatlas-dev liblapack-dev python-numpy python-scipy gfortran libevent-dev
  3. Set up virtual environment

    sudo pip install virtualenv
    virtualenv --system-site-packages ENV
    source ENV/bin/activate
  4. Install python libraries

    pip install -r PIP_LIB

    Now you can go to the server directory

    cd quiltview_service/quiltview/
  5. Set up database (now you should have mysql installed and running)

    mysql -u root
    CREATE USER 'quiltview'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'quiltview2013';
    CREATE DATABASE quiltview;
    GRANT ALL ON *.* TO quiltview@localhost;

    To check if database is correctly created, do

    mysql -u quiltview -p
    show databases;

    Now sync database from Django to mysql

    ./ syncdb

    In the syncing process, you probably will be asked to create a superuser for Django's auth system, just follow the instructions.

  6. Configure Django

    Create folders for static files and media files


    Download boostrap, unzip it, and put it under STATIC_DIRS.

    We are using Bootstrap version 2. A link to download is at

    So you can probably do

    wget -P STATIC_DIRS/
    sudo apt-get install unzip

    Now collect static files for Django

    ./ collectstatic

    Edit parameters in quiltview/ to set your server address correctly, including SITE_URL, LOGIN_REDIRECT_URL, LOGOUT_REDIRECT_URL

  7. Get models for text similarity detection

    cd quiltview_query/text_similarity/
    cd -
  8. Run server

    sudo ../../ENV/bin/python runserver
  9. Register the account you want to use to post a query.

    Go to http://<hostname>/admin

    You have to login with the superuser name and password for your Django project. You probably have done this when you first did syncdb. If you haven't, you can create one through ./ createsuperuser --username=<username> --email=<email>

    Go to Users, then Add. The most important field is the Google Account, which you will use to login QuiltView and post queries.

Setting up client

  1. Install Android SDK 4.4.2, including Glass Development Kit Preview.

  2. Import the project under QUILTVIEW_ROOT/client, change the quiltview server and proxy address in Install it to the Glass.

  3. The client application can be activated by "Ok, Glass" -> "Start QuiltView".

Setting up proxy

  1. Go to the proxy directory

    source ENV/bin/activate
    cd proxy_server
  2. Install system libraries

    sudo apt-get install libopencv-dev python-opencv
  3. Set the configuration parameters in

  4. If you want to use Youtube to store videos, you have to do the following steps. If your proxy and quiltview server are the same and you want to store the videos in this server (for demo purpose), then you don't need to do this.

    Register a project at Google Developer console to use the Google APIs of uploading video to Youtube. What you need is a JSON file with your credentials. Follow the instructions here:

    After creating the project, download the json file and put it under proxy_server directory. It has to be named as client_secrets.json.

  5. Run proxy


    If you are uploading to Youtube, an OAuth page will probably pop up the first time you run it. Click okay and you will not be bothered again.

Setting up virtual user

See the Readme file inside virtual_glass directory.


Crowd-sourced, query-driven video of the real world via Google Glass







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