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 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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Useful Links for Voice Recognition

As we have seen more and more applications and devices using voice recognition especially on Android and iOS and because I have been working with applications that use voice recognition I have put together some links that maybe useful for applications using voice recognition. I have used several of these for applications including the project glass inspired work.

µSpeech (muSpeech)

This library is for arduino and provides an interface for voice recognition using the Arduino, which does voice recognition in a way different from most high powered voice recognition methods. It calculates the complexity of the signal is determined by taking the absolute derivative of the signal multiplying it by a fixed point saclar and then dividing it by the absolute integral of the signal. This project is hosted on github so go take a look.
http://arjo129.github.com/uSpeech/

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Developed by Nuance this is one of the most advanced voice recognition offerings out there. The SDKs are available for client use or as a server side service.
http://www.nuance.co.uk/for-developers/dragon/index.htm

Microsoft Speech API

Offered by microsoft and integrated into kinect for windows parts (tutorial here), it provides voice recognition of a word or phrase from a set list.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd266409.aspx

AT&T Watson Speech Recognition

This offering by AT&T provides full voice recognition from a cloud based offering but uses advanced category indication to help Watson identify what you are saying. ie you can tell it if the category is business and it refines it’s recognition.
http://www.research.att.com/projects/WATSON/index.html?fbid=_wsE6gQcLDc

iSpeech

Part of one of the most successful apps on android, iOS and Playbook iSpeech provides a Text to Speech cloud service that is easy to use and integrate. They offer mobile SDKs to get you up and running quickly.
http://www.ispeech.org/

SpeechFX

This recognition SDK performs continuous recognition giving you full voice trasncoding.
http://www.speechfxinc.com/voicein.html

Voxler

Provides speech recognition for 25 major languages.
http://www.voxler.fr/index.php/what-we-do/speech-recognition-sdk

Sphynx Voice Recognition

This is a good open source voice recognition solution.
http://cmusphinx.sourceforge.net/

 

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Project Glass: Real Time Translation … inspired

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
  • TV
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Transformer

Follow after the break to find out how it was all put together. Continue reading “Project Glass: Real Time Translation … inspired” »

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Project Glass: One Day … inspired

I really like the project glass by Google. To that extent I have created a version using a pair of Vuzix Glasses, Microsoft HD Webcams, mic headset and dragon naturally speaking. Using these combined pieces of hardware I was able to get the head mounted display and voice recognition. I built the application using Adobe Air. The application sports full voice recognition and has the same interface that Google project glass has. The Vuzix glasses are driven by stereoscopic feeds, which are fed by the HD cameras.

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CEO Vision – Kinect + Augmented Reality + SAP HANA

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.

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