So its been a problematic week as I forgot to bring some needed equipment to carry on my projects from last times home visit. So I have been studying up on some new techniques and looking into my other hobbies, namely Augmented reality and Robotics. Now I haven’t had the chance to really show my ideas yet on this site ( I have to organize my paperwork so it makes sense first ) but for a brief look at the things that inspire me visit my Youtube channel and wonder through the favorites listings. Its a odd assortment of various things that have caught my eye, but quite a few of them involve the subjects 3d,AR and Robotics.
I even recently found out about a fascinating company called Inition. They deal with all 3 subjects (something that put the biggest grin on my face as you can imagine). Also I found a fantastic talk about how the AR world should be worked into the community network of this generation, the speaker name is Ori Inbar and here is the link to the first 10mins of the talk (warning it contains robot voices but that’s explained early on). Its no small stretch to imagine us all soon using portable systems that could change the way we view the world (in some cases we have that already via the latest mobile phones and even DS, but I mean more like the glasses seen in one of my personal favorite animations Dennō Coil). We would have to look for a hook that would convince those that this would work or better still be worth their time, one way was done with the use of collection old photos from a museum and having them situated at key locations to display how a area looked before it was renew or destroyed. A brilliant use of the technology and it gets people out and about to see the area, why this couldn’t be expanded on to include other things we will have to wait and see.
Another is from one of my favourites Mr Johnny Lee and his Nintendo wii hack, this technology was introduced almost 3 years ago and has since gone silent, partly I put this down to Nintendo seeming to have decided to not use the tech and due to Mr Lee being snapped up by Microsoft to work in a small division of the group developing the “Kinetic” (however if I was snapped up by one of the biggest tech companies in the world I wouldnt say no either ). There have been however some small groups who have since worked it so it can work for the pc using different bits of software and hardware and I hold out hope that the kit could still be manufactured to be used as a addition to pc users tools (say for 3d modelling or first person shooters.) There is a influx of new hardware coming to the consoles that are all following in on the coat tails of Nintendos Wii ( Sonys Move and Kinetics by Microsoft) however they seem to either be following the same ideas or trying to do the same but look somehow unique. On a production side this means we could see more games being produced to all systems now but time will tell if this isn’t really just console companies trying to get new money for old rope.
On a side note the tech has other uses that could work in helping to create robotic workers. As I mentioned in a earlier post I across the
inventor Dean Kamen’s fantastic piece of robotic engineering that was to help soldiers in the war recover the use of lost limbs. What made me wonder is if the programs in the nerves could teach the arm to move with the power of thought alone, then why could it not do it across great distances? If the system was set up so the person was to work in a dangerous area , he could hook up his body to the system and have a robotic duplicate go in instead, plus he would be able to control the robot as though his was actually there. We are already at the stage where we can have robots that have great levels of movement some even do seem to be going that route (see Korean motion capture movement
), however the problem seems to be more of tactile feel, we can get the robots to pick up the items but we cant feel the weight or heft of the object, I think that the next step for Mr Kamens research should be in introducing sensory sensation, heat, cold, pressure and weight. Once those are introduced you could remove people from the danger zone and have them man stations outside the area. One way this could be done is by introducing the design by another inventor of the Brainport
, a device that gives the user (usually one who is blind) a way to see the object with their tongue, now if that was added to the robotic arm and given sensors to relay the objects feel to the users tongue they could give a feel of the surface as if they were holding it. It might take time to get use to but with them they would also have a pair of specs by Vuzix
to give you a image of what the robot sees and various displays of the surroundings. Also the Vuzix latest version have cameras mounted to the front of the glasses to allow you to see what you a meant to see in front but allowing to also add some AR as well. This makes it even closer to Denno Coil that I previously mentioned.
Well if as you can see I have a lot on my mind whilst I wait to get my kit back, most of this is Id say still in early beta stages in terms of how we can fully utilize this technology, at present we are treating it almost as a gimmick but I have already designs that could vastly improve certain forms of business and entertainment. But we will have to wait and see what the future holds.