Monthly Archives: April 2015

Truly “Immersive” VR: Sharing Droiders vision

Tuesday

28

Apr

It was a steamy, sunny south-Florida Saturday afternoon; some neighbors had carried all sorts of items out to their own front yards for a typical Yard Sale. I happened to walk by and decided to snoop around. A Betamax player from the 80s, a whole stack of John Deere t-shirts…and some books. I had to buy me at least one of those t-shirts! The book section was quite uninteresting to cherry-pick from, except for one first-edition book I happened to bump into: The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit.

Great book by Sherry Turkle

Great book by Sherry Turkle

Something clicks inside when you read a title like that. The book’s authoress was Dr. Sherry Turkle, Director of MIT Initiative on Technology and Self

Program in Science, Technology, today. I bought that old-time hardcover for pennies and this is what I read in the Introduction: “Technology catalyzes changes not only in what we do but in how we think. It changes people’s awareness of themselves, of one another, of their relationship with the world…It challenges our notions not only of time and distance, but of mind.” This was written in 1984.

From Oculus VR

From Oculus VR

Chatting about ‘immersion’ and how Virtual Reality (VR) jostles our minds, it is easy to extrapolate on how it may affect education. For those of us who consider education as the backbone of the future, VR is much more than just a way of escapism as we have seen in most sci-fi films. Droiders is also developing on Oculus Rift for more than one purpose: that is called Corporate Social Responsibility.

We at Droiders, in the same way as Palmer Luckey, Founder of Oculus VR, share in that adventure: to positively enhance human capabilities. Wired magazine article on Mr. Luckey testifies to this upcoming, catalyzing and immersive mission to enrich minds by raising unusual questions.

Of New and Old Signs: AR, VR and the core of it all

Wednesday

22

Apr

In Hoc Signo Vinces, “In this sign, conquer” reads the translation into Latin in historian Lucius Lactantius’ account of Emperor Constantine’s vision of the Chi Ro (Chrismon); our dear Emperor was not a Christian per se though this event of the invisible did leave an indelible mark on his soul – you may not believe this – which single-handedly changed the history of a continent, and the world as well. This sign inspired him to win a great battle.

For those of us who work – and feel passionate about – the field of the intangible, that is, the internet of everything, we need signs to understand and meet such feats. Here is a way of hinting at them: University of Toronto Professor Derrick de Kerckhove, the philosopher and champion of emerging media, offers three distinctive signs on his milestone book Connected Intelligence: The Arrival of the Web Society; they are known as Interactivity, Hypertextuality and Connectedness.

Thus, in this day and age, what would be the signs through which we shall conquer? And, actually, what is to be conquered and which battle? Now, that’s a question to take to bed every night. Let’s be pragmatic!

We should think of Interactivity as the “body” or physical linking of people; Hypertextuality, the linking of contents or knowledge-based such as the human memory; finally, Connectedness – a term New Agers are so fond of – as the “mental” linking. Interactivity is touch; Hypertextuality is zapped all-encompassing content; Connectedness, the medium (aha, now you recall McLuhan!).

Is it inevitable we portend AR and VR as results of these “signs”? The answer is yes. It’s inevitable. How do I know that? Well, have you ever tried Google Glass? Or a snazzy pair of Epson Moverio glasses? And what about other wearables? They all seem to be “smart”.

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If we venture further, we find that even a blind person is able to interact with his/her environment with Droiders’ first-ever ReadAloud OCR (Optical Character Recognition) app on a pair of Google Glass.

As humans, we are accomplishing the extension of our senses into the unseen (just like any mystic used to) just as Constantine once did. We have become more complex. Hail complexity!

Streye, the future of your enterprise

Monday

20

Apr

As Tom Clancy once wrote, Technology is a tool that helps us improve our lives. This is why we want to announce that in the next days you wil be able to acquire all our Streye products. We will soon be providing more info on how Streye shall improve performance in your business.

Lets start with Streye Box , the future of medicine. It is a streaming system capable of sending video captures mostly from any source. For example, in the healthcare industry, from an endoscope or an ultrasound device by bradcasting a low-delay video signal using a high quality system into your smartglasses. This system provides multiple advantages, just to mention a few: comfort for the healthcare professional, resource optimization and a clear patient-first focus approach.

Adjusting Google Glass

Continuing with streaming systems , we have Streye Live, which we wrote about in the previous post. What can we achieve with Streye Live? Live broadcasts to YouTube Live Events. You can tell stories or simply share what you are doing at the moment directly  through the biggest online video platform.

Then we have  Streye Live Pro, a collaborative streaming tool that allows us to screenshot from your smartglass to another device and viceversa. With Streye Live Pro, we can share documents or multimedia files between both devices. It also allows to look at your smartphone content through your smartglass. For example, if you take a picture with your smartglass, you can securely edit it on your smartphone without having to switch your line of vision from the glass.

Finally, but not the least, we offer Streye Checkr, . This application helps you to create tasks and checklists, collaborating in group to improve productivity. You can attach multimedia files and add information to a task list and share for others to complete it, ensuring great success in any procedure without losing time. It provides and excellent way to follow guidelines.

Google Glass used during surgery Concentred surgons operating with a touchscreen on a hospital

Streye has been designed to boost efficiency in any business, because it is easy to share work, gain experience, ask for opinion and collaborate in group with our apps. Don’t forget to click on web to get more information about Streye products.