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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been the lead developer on CEO Vision. It combines the Microsoft Kinect, Augmented Reality with the SAP HANA. Check out the website to see more about the technology (Click here to visit microsite)
This video stars Nic Doodson and myself. We demo the object recognition, face tracking and face recognition along with the Microsoft Kinect to allow users to literally reach out and touch their HANA powered reality.