Oculus Rift for Enterprise – HANADeck

HANADeck is a prototype application we developed that harnesses the Oculus Rift, Leap Motion, Microsoft Kinect and Unity3d for an immersive 3D virtual world which connected with SAP HANA created an enterprise application for data and environment visualisation.

So why use gaming technology for enterprise visualisation? We work in 3D, it is much easier to understand information when it is shown in a way that resembles the real world. Especially with the drive for gesture control and really immersive experiences it is more important than ever to look for truly immersive experiences.

HANADeck uses the display of the 7 inch Oculus Rift with Stereoscopic vision, which delivers the 3D environment. The user is tracked by a microsoft kinect, as this provides the lateral and vertical movement to the virtual environment. It was also found to reduce the motion sickness some people experienced with the Rift as the system is providing motion feedback to the user. Also a Leap Motion controller was mounted on the front of the Rift at 45 degress, which works well at tracking the user’s hands and providing an interaction point. Between the Leap Motion, Microsoft Kinect and Oculus Rift there are all the parts to track and deliver the immersive experience to the user.

The experience focused on in this enterprise demo is taking the visualisations of power lines within the UK network. This is sitting on real world data and purpose is to allow the engineer to travel to electricity towers a lot more quickly and safely.

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Uninet – Demojam 2013 Keytree Labs

Our second demojam entry involve making every surface around you an interactive human interface to you business activities.

Smart Fridge / Smart Refrigerator – a transparent multi touch surface on the front of the fridge with controlled internal RGB lighting and lock. You can fill out everything from your expense report to your leave requests on it, whilst getting you one of the sunshine drinks.

Smart Window – Controlled with leap motion, Microsoft kinect you can do similar on any window as you look out.

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HANADeck – Demojam 2013 concept

At Keytree labs we have been working hard at for SAP Demojam 2013. We are putting forward two ideas and our first one.

HANADeck is virtual reality experience powered by the Oculus Rift, Leap Motion and Microsoft Kinect. This means that a user can walk around and manipulate with their hands a virtual reality space. For this use case we are using the National Grid pylon database. A service engineer can inspect the data associated with any tower on the network remotely.

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Pebble Watch SAP and Keytree Designs

So I have had my pebble watch for a few months and have finally got round to creating some faces. Surprisingly simple and straight forward. At Keytree we work closely with SAP products so I thought I would create one for both Keytree and a fan based one for when working with SAP products.

Keytree Pebble Watch Design SAP Pebble Fan Design Watch

Now for building an app….

I make no claim over logos used. These have been designed as fan material.

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Augmented World Expo 2013 – (AWE 2013)

I attended the Augmented World Expo 2013 (AWE).  This event provided a meeting point for augmented reality hardware manufacturers to software SDK developers and from app developers to robotics uses of AR and was held in the Santa Clara Convention Centre in California.

At the event Nic Doodson and I (Will Powell) presented Keytree CEO Vision within the business side of presentations. We presented just after Aiaz Kazi from SAP. Keytree’s CEO Vision, for which I was lead developer on, demonstrates the real possibilities for ‘Minority Report’ like interfaces as they become commonplace and has since been multi award winning.

The event also provided me with a chance to look at the emerging technologies to the market in this rapidly expanding field. Here are just some of the technologies I tried:

Augmented World Expo 2013 Glasses - Will Powell

Google Glass – This is definitely one of the products with the most buzz around it. It has a brilliant build quality and it is understandable that this is only in developer’s hands because the functionality needs to be extended in order to be more consumer facing. However combining this with our expertise, we can deliver enterprise applications on this kind of device.

GlassUp – A neat product with a great price point. Only a single monocular display where a small amount of the glass shows a projected image in monochrome, but very lightweight and unobtrusive. This will be on Kickstarter shortly.

Laster Technologies – There are several products created by Laster Technologies, which were very impressive with the quality of the display screens. I was impressed especially by the contrast with the lit and non-lit areas of the screen. It made the marker-less experience very compelling for the ski goggle’s solution. I look forward to seeing the binocular version of the monocular glasses as well.

Vuzix Star and M100 – are both products we have been tracking with our concept video earlier in the year for the M100 and our use of Star 1200 XL and XLD are great additions to the line up.

Epson Moverio BT-100 – aside from being quite bulky give a good display and with the compact Android power unit are very portable and require no additional processing as the other glasses from Laster and Vuzix do.

Alongside these hardware manufacturers there are the software creators such as Vuforia and Metaio, which were showing off some very impressive demos.

Overall AWE2013 was a fantastic event to both view and demonstrate AR concepts, software and hardware, which left excitement and anticipation of what’s coming next.

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CEO Vision wins Gaming and Lifestyle award at Innovation World Cup Wearable Technology Conference 2013

wearable technology award_ceo vision will powell keytree

In a competition with over 300 innovation entries at the Innovation World Cup held during the Wearable Technology Conference in Munich 2013 CEO Vision won the Gaming and Lifestyle category and narrowly missed out finishing runner up to the overall winner Recon Instruments. This is a great achievement.

 

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Driving the Nissan Nismo Juke across Barcelona

Last Friday and Saturday, I had the opportunity to join Nissan in Barcelona and get up and close with the Nismo experience, the massive name in virtual and real racing. Right from the airport (after the safety briefing and greetings) we got straight into the Nissan Juke Nismo. Once away from the airport and over towards the mountain passes the Nissan Juke Nismo really showed it’s worth, providing an entertaining and great drive.

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Smart Glasses – A day with Vuzix M100

At Keytree we created a concept video demoing what the capabilities of smart glasses in the fields of M100 and Google’s project glass could be.

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CEO Vision Generation 2 – Demo Jam Winner – Hand Tracking, Augmented Reality, Kinects x 2 and 1.2 billion database rows

CEO Vision generation 2 is a completely new build of CEO Vision with a vast array of improvements. The system now provides a fully interactive, precise working environment.

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