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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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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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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SAP TechEd and Demo Jam Las Vegas Keytree Store Trek

SAP TechEd Demo Jam Store Trek

Earlier this week Nic Doodson, Dan Mcnamara and I, representing Keytree, headed over to Las Vegas to participate in SAP TechEd Las Vegas. This was held in the Venetian Resort, the largest hotel in the world (largest hotels wiki) and was a phenomenal event to be involved in. I had the opportunity to share with Dan our experiences of using SAP NetWeaver Cloud and SAP HANA to an audience in Lounge 1 on the show floor, exhibit CEO Vision in Vishal’s Q&A session after the Keynote with Nic, compete in DemoJam with Nic showing Store Trek, attend sessions about the latest SAP innovations and much more.

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Keytree DemoJam Entry – Store Trek, SAP HANA, SAP NetWeaver Cloud, Ecommerce

Store Trek - Keytree SAP Demo Jam Entry

At Keytree we have created a new application called Store Trek that delivers a 3D shopping experience in your home using the microsoft Kinect.

Powered by K-Motion Store technology. This is the first incarnation of a 3D store that crosses the divide between in store and online shopping. Online is quick and convenient and products are recommended to you but the experience is not very engaging or immersive. In store you can see entire product ranges but they are not tailored to you, you have to travel to the store and get stuck in the queue at checkout. Store Trek takes the benefits of in store by delivering tailored virtual shelves in a virtual store layout driven by a personalisation engine you would have with an online store.

The kinect allows you to walk round the TV with the shelves automatically adjusting to give you the rich 3D experience. Rendering tens of thousands of products from real retailers in realtime you can purchase items by reaching out towards the shelf and the product will be added directly to your basket.

This eCommerce solution based in the cloud could be used to shop for your groceries from Tesco or items from Amazon or Ebay.

Update: Store Trek was featured in Marketing Magazine click here to see the article

Update: Store Trek has also been featured in the independent click here to see the article the supermarket experience where you never have to queue.

 

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