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.
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.
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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.
Additionally to CEO Vision core application we used the framework to create an iPad application that acts as a controller for a 3D augmented reality way to construct a kitchen. The 3D augment of the kitchen actually sits on top of the ipad and using the controls on iPad you can change aspects like the flooring and the wall colour. This application is delivered to the user’s glasses in full 3D so each eye sees a different image based on their separation so it makes the kitchen look as real as the iPad.
The live objects works slightly differently. The concept behind this was to be able to show you what objects looked like in real situations in your own home. In the video below we show the application working with a door. The door is tracked and an virtual door is overlaid. The user can open and close the door and it gives the experience of having the genuine article before buying.
This application is powered by the spatial operating system of CEO Vision.