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Hardware New Technology

Holus

Holus

Holus is a tabletop holographic platform that converts digital content from a computer, tablet or smartphone into a 3D holographic experience. It is being developed by H+ Technology a company based in Vancouver, Canada.

The Holus is pyramid shaped to reflect the display in multiple (4) directions. Future plans are looking to remove the need for the pyramid completely and display the hologram in mid-air.

(https://youtu.be/2QXaUgY1oXo)

An interesting project, currently live on KickStarter (June 2015), which has surpassed its goal of $50,000, having reached a current total of $270,567.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1314339634/holus-the-interactive-tabletop-holographic-display

Follow the progress of the project at the company web-site

http://www.hplustech.com/

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Gadget Hardware

PowerUp 3.0

PowerUp 3.0 is used to create a Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane. It’s a device with a propeller on one end and a receiver on the other which is fitted to a paper plane. The plane is controlled by a smartphone app using Bluetooth technology, has a range of 180 feet and is charged via a USB cable.

(http://youtu.be/q9bpp7zmM_A)

PowerUp 3.0 had a (very) successful Kickstarter Project, achieving pledges to a total of $1,232,612 from a goal of $50,000

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/393053146/powerup-30-smartphone-controlled-paper-airplane

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How do you use it ?

  • Fold It: Simply fold a piece of paper into a paper airplane
  • Attach It: Attach the Smart Module to your paper plane with the patented clips underneath the Smart Module.
  • Connect It: Start the app to connect to the Smart Module with your iPhone.
  • Fly It: Push throttle to full and launch the paper airplane high up into the sky. Tilt your smartphone to the left or to the right to steer your plane, increase or reduce throttle to go up or down.

For more information, check out the website at http://www.poweruptoys.com/

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Hardware New Technology

Avegant Glyph

Personal display devices have often suffered from poor image quality which Avegant hope to have resolved using their Virtual Retinal Display technology in a new headset.

In a quote from their website they say

The Glyph’s Virtual Retinal Display uses one million micromirrors in each eye piece to reflect a sharp, vivid and lifelike image directly onto the back of your retina. It’s an advanced, safe and innovative process that results in extremely comfortable light yielding very little eyestrain. Users of the Glyph prototypes have worn devices comfortably for hours with no nausea or disorientation when transitioning back to normal vision.

http://youtu.be/Mqpiiajav14

http://youtu.be/Mqpiiajav14

A recent Kickstarter project was launched to seek funding and achieved its proposed target figure (of $250,000) within 24 hours ( update: a couple of days later has passed twice that amount!)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/avegantglyph/a-mobile-personal-theater-with-built-in-premium-au

Details from the Kickstarter project includes the initial specification for the headset with the following details:

Video
Display: Micromirror Array
120 Hz refresh rate
1280 x 720 per eye resolution
45° horizontal field of view
Contrast Ratio > 1000:1
Audio
Sound output: Premium Stereo
Frequency Response: 20 – 20000 Hz
Dynamic Range: 115 dB
Microphone: Built-in
Connections
Video: single HDMI connection
Audio: 3.5mm TRRS jack (stereo+mic)
Power/recharge via microUSB cable
Misc
Headtracking: 9 DOF IMU output via Bluetooth or hardwired
Optional head strap
IPD Adjustment: 50-75mm
Diopter Adjustment: +2 to -6
Weight: 16oz
Battery life: 3 hours video, 48 hours audio

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New Technology

DUO 3D

Have recently been investigating using the Leap Motion gesture controller device I thought it worthwhile looking at some of the competition. The DUO is a project to develop a DIY gesture control device that you can build yourself. It would incorporate two PS3 Eye cameras for tracking hands and objects to provide a Natural User Interface for controlling applications running on your computer.

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The idea behind the project, is to provide a kit of parts that you assemble yourself into a working unit, but the device will also be available as a fully assembled unit. Together with the hardware, an open source Driver, SDK and examples would be provided to result in a professional grade solution for 3D sensing using stereo vision.

Currently only available as a prototype, the device works equally well in dark and light environments and provides tracking of fingers, hands and other objects in the space above the device when placed on a desktop. Built from readily available components, the DUO is intended to provide an easy and inexpensive way to explore the world of human computer interaction.

(Video Link: http://youtu.be/ZY3J3Jwz71g)

In an attempt to raise funds, the project appeared on the “crowdfunding” website Kickstarter.

http://www.kickstarter.com/

Gathering almost 500 backers, the project raised pledges totalling $62,529 but failed to reach its funding target of $110,000. The company will now focus on developing manufacturer and partner relationships and the DUO Kit phase has come to an end.

http://duo3d.com

It will be interesting to see if the product ever comes to the market. In the meantime, the Leap Motion device continues to impress with both ASUS and HP announcing their intention to incorporate LEAP technology into their laptops/netbooks.

https://www.leapmotion.com/