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Mobile, glassware and wearable apps that Droiders have made or referred to.

China #throughglass: What Chêng Ho teaches us

Friday

19

Jun

Looking at the world #throughglass, it is known that the search of objects such as The Ark of the Covenant, Merlin’s Wand, Excalibur or of mythical places like El Dorado, Shambhalla or Atlantis, has long encouraged all sorts of sincere entrepreneurial truth-seekers and neo-gurus. There is nothing new about this; ever since “Man” – and of course, “Wo-Man” – were able to say “I Am”, there has been a search for meaning, for answers. In the world of today’s turmoil, there is only a different language to express all this.

Let us read an example. In the year 1433 AD, Chêng Ho (Zheng He), born of a Muslim family from southern China and a top-notch Imperial Court’s eunuch, had returned home due to the new Emperor’s strict policy forbidding the Chinese from traveling abroad. His birthplace, Kunyang, is a 900-km (550-mile) drive to Droiders’ office in Shenzhen along the South to the East China Sea.

Admiral Ho established diplomatic and/or tributary relations with peoples ranging from Nanjing (northern China) to Kochin (southern India) to Mecca and down to Mogadishu (actual Somalia). The Indians, Persians and Arabs could not envisage how the most powerful naval force known to that day, a 27.000-man crew with mastodonic nine-mast four-deck ships, was used primarily for exploration and seafaring. Now, that was truly a search for the Grail of trade and meaning!

Back at home, the same story: an old battle between Confucian bureaucrats and Court eunuchs.

What should we learn, not from Admiral Ho himself but from the new Emperor’s attitude? This is to say, how upper management  in companies across the market board must find means and meaning by being ready and up for the challenge; this is one of the issues we address at Droiders, every day: our product, Streye, is the means as those ships and firmness of purpose were for our protagonist. How reinvestment, effort, the search for technical perfectibility and the Herculean challenge of human reason produce the best results. These are the questions people like Chêng Ho have to master: a sense of enterprise by looking at China and the world #throughglass. If you are a Google Glass explorer just go ahead and feel free to do it!

Let a thousand flowers bloom, a hundred schools of thought contend“, said Chairman Mao Tse-T’ung. After him, he Chinese started in quite a different way where Chêng Ho had been compelled to leave off.

Here is the moral (and the morale) of this piece of history: Admiral Ho and his vast fleet could have “discovered” the European continent, had they been able to carry on. Then, sixty years later the Treaty of Tordesillas and Vasco Da Gama opened the way for Europeans to “discover” China in 1513 AD…

… the new Emperor should not have listened to mere bureaucrats.

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.

Renault VR: the new gadget designed for Renault

Wednesday

11

Mar

As of tomorrow and until Saturday, the Renault dealer showrooms of Spain will open their doors to the public to test drive two vehicles: the Renault Clio Dinamique dCi 90 CV edc, and the Renault Captur Zen dCi 90 CV edc.

Furthermore the first 100 visitors will receive a gift Renault VR virtual reality headset.

And what exactly is an Renault VR headset?

It’s a virtual reality headset, similar to a pair of glasses, suitable for smartphones between 5 and 6 inches, that completely covers your field of view, isolating the viewer from their surrounding environment.

The specially designed Renault VR app works inside the headset, duplicating the screen and creating an enlargened a 3d effect when viewed through the lens.

By utilising a smartphone and it’s giroscope to control the head movement, the viewing experience mimicks your head movement so you can see all around you.

Renault VR headset

The app contains a general navigation offering three menu options: Renault Captur 3D, Renault Technology and a Skill game.

When the app starts, the viewer is presented with the three games on a background and can make a selection by holding the gaze on the game for three seconds and exit by turning the headset 90º.

Renault VR

The first game, Renault Captur 3D displays the entire exterior of the vehicle.

In the second game, Renault Technology, the perspective is from inside the vehicle where any of the three signs selected will trigger video replays.

Lastly, in the third Skills game, the viewer is prompted to play an avoid the obstacle game with subtle head tilt movements.

Download the Renault VR app today from renault.droiders.com

Renault VR

During this technological national event, in addition to offering Renault VR headset and vehicle test drives, Renault is allowing the public to try the Parrot Drone Mini Jumping Sumo at it’s dealerships.

Can you really afford to miss out?