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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.

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.

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

The world first implantology through Google Glass: Avinent for Glass

Wednesday

09

Jul

Avinent for Glass is the latest application that we have developed in the Glass device for the leader in the field of dentistry, AVINENT.

With Avinent Glass app, the implantology dentist will receive precise instructions to perform the surgical protocol for dental implant placement through Glass.

This new tool is very useful to help the dental professional in their daily work. It improves their workflow as well as ensuring greater efficiency with the patient.

The Glassware consists of a preoperative checklist, which provides the clinical assistant checklist with everything you need and should take into account prior to the intervention. For example, surgical cassette, radiographic patient sample, implant, etc.

The next phase is the identification of the implant labeled with a QR code. Before a surgery, the doctor identifies the implant through the Glass device. It automatically recognize the label and show the characteristics of the implant diameter, reference, batch, etc.

Next, it’s time to start the surgery. At this point, the dentist can follow the protocol of surgery, which the Glass will inform the necessary actions and instrumentation for the operation.