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?

Visit us at Mobile World Congress, CS121 Congress Hall Main Square, MWC15

Sunday

01

Mar

We’re exhibiting at Mobile World Congress, March 2-5th. The premier event held in Barcelona brings together the world’s mobile industry with the unveiling of new technology and product launches.

Our stand is between Halls 7 and 8 in the wearable corridor, where we will be unveiling more new Glassware for the enterprise and the team will be on hand to greet you in Spanish, English, and Chinese, demo software and hardware from the Droiders team.

Glasselona – the wearable party

We’re also holding an after party in downtown Barcelona on Wednesday from 22.00 till late. Glasselona returns for another year, no half measures. You don’t need to wear Glass to get in (although if you do, we will waive entrance fee!) and the event is open to all.

If you attended last year, check your inbox for a special invite code and if not grab your ticket early to guarantee entrance.

Win a ticket for #MWC15 and Glasselona with Droiders

Want to attend Mobile World Congress and WIN a ticket? We’re giving away a ticket to Mobile World Congress worth €750! To win, first of all you’ve got to be quick of the mark, as the event is held this very week in Barcelona, March 2-5th so the contest will be a rapid affair! Second, you’ll need to exercise some thought and creativity, this isn’t any old lucky dip!

What Glassware can you imagine in less than 3 tweets?

Tell us the Glassware that is missing! What would your Glassware do? Glassware is apps made especially for Google Glass. That’s a software service that Droiders specialise in. We design and develop Glassware for consumer and enterprise apps for global brands and innovative organisations. There’s over a hundred official Glassware in MyGlass and hundreds of unofficial Glassware made by developers not hosted on the official Google directory. Glassware development continues by developers worldwide in advance of the next version of Google Glass which has moved to a new division under Tony Fadell, he of the iPod fame.

Tweet what’s your prize perfect Glassware

Brilliant apps on Glass exist for world class surgeons as they do for local karaoke fans. Not all Glass ideas can be realistically deployed, though that hasn’t stopped excellent public creative thoughts in the past when Google first launched Glass. Glass is a highly personal device and some of the even more mundane everyday tasks can be fantastically convenient with Glass. We think Glassware is still really in it’s infancy. There are huge possibilities with ever more API’s and interconnected wearable devices available. Think up an original idea of what your Glassware would do, tweet it in 3 tweets. tag it #glasselona, and the team from Droiders will pick a winner. Be it a consumer or a for work focused Glassware, we’d love to hear what your perfect Glassware is. Be quick, be creative, have fun.

Describe your glassware in three tweets, append the hashtag #glasselona, and also tweet us @Droiders or tell us via our web contact form.

Prize is for Exhibition visitor pass. View more information on: www.mobileworldcongress.com/attend/register/passes-prices/. Contest rules apply.

We’ll pick a winner on Tuesday 3rd Match, midnight. Good luck!

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Google Glass, more alive than ever

Thursday

26

Feb

Since the news came out that Google closed it’s Glass Explorer program – that’s the name for those users who paid $1.500 to become trialists of the device – many have leapt to the conclusion that the entire project has been canned. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Google Glass Explorer Edition

 

It’s not that Google wishes to sunset the project by any means, the reality is that have graduated to another division, out of Google X under the guidance of Tony Fadell, otherwise known as “the father” of the iPod, and, Ivy Ross, of prior retail fame and success. Fadell aims to position Google Glass as an everday device.

He is counting on the support of the Italian Luxottica giant, the manufacturer of the famous Ray-Ban, Oakley and Arnette sunglasses, to design new frames and materials for a beautiful and desirable end product.

Not all efforts will be focused on the exterior appearance though. Fadell also wants to change the guts of the system, by partnering with the chip giant: Intel. So, where can we expect to notice the change?: in the performance (4 hours more battery life) and a reduced working temperature.

Google’s objective is a Glass that weighs the same as a regular pair of glasses, so for it to be truly wearable it needs to feel part of your outfit.

But alas, this does not rule out developers continuing to develop on the platform. The modification of the hardware aspect of the device will not affect the programming of Glass.

Google Glass

As of now, Glass Explorer Edition is no longer available in United States or UK, the only territories where Explorers could obtain Glass untill now, But those with Glass freely continue to use them and develop on the platform.

In fact, at Droiders we’re developing glassware, and our goal is to keep investigating and working on various projects, just as we have been doing since 2012, speaking at different public events and working on public and undisclosed Glass for work projects.

For example, this week, Julián Beltrán, CEO of Droiders, gave a talk at the second Clinical Simulation Conference held in Dubai, talking about Glass and other wearable technologies in the mhealth sector with Dr. Homero Rivas of Stanford Universtiy Medical Center.

We’ve also recently launched official MyGlass Glassware: Nativo and Streye Live.

Finally we’re also proud to exhibit at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, March 2-5th in the Congress square Hall, stand CS121 where we will be unveiling even more Glassware. We hope to see you there!

Google Glass Explorer Edition