In the pursuit of new technologies I backed the Structure.io sensor from Occipital Inc on Kickstarter. Being one of the first 200 hundred devices I got to grips with the device and think that it is a great device and really can allow your applications to reach out into the real world.
Augmented and virtual reality are technologies of our time and seem to be expanding at an ever increasing pace. I wanted to look back at where the origins of these technologies have come from and the initial inventions and developments that spawned these new platforms.
For the origins of AR and VR Morton Helig is often credited. through his construction of the Sensorama machine starting in 1957. This was designed as a cinematic experience which tried to immerse all your senses. It delivered different images to each eye, played sound at you and even vibrated your chair and blew air at you. So this was a really immersive solution and functionality it has more sensory inputs than we have with todays augmented and virtual reality solutions. The first film created was a 10 minute motorbike ride through New York. Unfortunately this machine was commercial unviable partly because it is the size of an arcade machine and partly because it cost to much to make the films for. But this one machine shows some of the early ideas that have become Virtual and Augmented reality.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Continue reading “CEO Vision Generation 2 – Demo Jam Winner – Hand Tracking, Augmented Reality, Kinects x 2 and 1.2 billion database rows” »
I have created a new project glass inspired video which works on translating realtime conversations and displaying it as subtitles in your glasses. I can have a conversation with Elizabeth who speaks Spanish to me and I return with English. I have never learnt Spanish but using the glasses I can have a full conversation. To make this possible I used:
- 2x Raspberry Pi running debian squeeze
- Vuzix 1200 Star
- Jawbone Mic
- Headset Mic
Follow after the break to find out how it was all put together. Continue reading “Project Glass: Real Time Translation … inspired” »