Jan 29, 2013

OpenPilot: A Next-Gen Open Source Autopilot Approach to Aerial Videography

I recently learned about OpenPilot, an open-source project that promotes the development of economical unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs.  

According to information on the website, "OpenPilot is an ideal platform for researchers and hobbyists working on aerial robotics or other mobile vehicular platforms where stabilization and guidance are required. OpenPilot brings the cost down to reasonable prices so people can focus on developing and refining applications rather than paying the extremely high prices of most commercial offerings, or having to do ‘from the ground up’ hardware development."

A number of OpenPilot community members have used their UAVs to explore interesting landscapes and at the same time, create engaging video clips.  Wouldn't it be fantastic to figure out how to get a 3D or 360 camera in a UAV?  

Below is an assortment of videos I came across while visiting the OpenPilot website. (I've also included some videos that were created using YellowBird 360 technology, which to my knowledge, has not been attempted with a UAV.)

OpenPilot Revolution Trailer from OpenPilot on Vimeo.

I think that the UAV concept would be great for an after-school technology club. It similar to robotics, but it also would get the kids outdoors.   It would provide a great experience for students who are also interested in photography and videography. 

OpenPilot Website
OpenPilot Wiki

Here are some examples of YellowBird 360 videos: 
Interactive YellowBird 360 Video for KIA ceed

Behind the Scenes - Mont Blanc 360º shoot from yellowBird on Vimeo.

YellowBird 360 Interaction with Kinect

yellowBird 360º video player - KINECT from yellowBird on Vimeo.

Jan 17, 2013

XBox Kinect in the OR: Kinect supports gesture interaction with 3D imaging of the patient, while operating.

Here's an interesting use of technology for health - the Xbox Kinect in the OR!

Thanks to Harry van der Veen for the link!

Kinect sensor poised to leap into everyday life
Niall Firth, NewScientist, 1/17/13

For the tech-curious:
PrimeSense (Company that developed the 3D depth sensor that powers the Kinect, the sensor in Ava, a healthcare robot by iRobot, and more.)

OpenNI (Framework for the development of 3D sensing middleware libraries and applications.)

NiTE: Natural Interface Technology for End User (Perception algorithms layer for 3D computer vision, allows for hand locating, tracking, analyzing scenes, and tracking skeleton joints.)

Telemedicine in Schools: Promoting Health (and Mental Health)

Telemedicine might be coming to a school near you in the future!

The use of a Telemedicine cart, made by Rubbermaid, will be piloted in one of the Union County Public Schools soon. In the article below,  the school district's superintendent was quoted as saying that she hopes the technology can also be used to tackle the problem of mental health:

Presbyterian, UCPS partner to put Telemedicine in schools
Carolyn Steeves, The Enquirer Journal, 1/9/13 

According to information from the Rubbermaid Healthcare Telemedicine website, the cart supports high definition video teleconferencing, a plug and play I/O panel, platform computing, and is white board capable. The touchscreen has annotation capabilities.  

For more information, view the following video and also see the Rubbermaid Telemedicine Resources site.

Here's the promotional information from the Rubbermaid website:

HD Video, Touch-Screen Apps, & Shared Content 

"The Rubbermaid Telemedicine Cart combines full computing capabilities with HD video conferencing into one, easy-to-use, mobile point-of-care clinical platform. Its clean, slim line design and small footprint provide access into the smallest and busiest clinical settings. Its multi-touch interface, simple integration, and superior maneuverability streamlines work flow and creates high adoption rates by staff members."

 "Each Telemedicine Cart comes equipped with a 720p HD video camera, upgradable to 1080p HD video. It also provides computing access to any software or web-based application, including electronic medical records and PACS imaging systems. It can be outfitted with any number of optional medical devices (both analog and digital) that can be shared through the computer or video conferencing equipment or both. The Telemedicine Cart supports digital input through DVI and HDMI as well as legacy inputs such as VGA, S-Video, and composite video. In addition, it is a fully portable platform that runs for two hours via built-in battery power and can be quickly and easily wheeled from room to room, requiring only a standard, high speed internet connection (wired or wireless) to initiate an HD video conference."

Below is a screen shot of telemedicine images from a Google search:

Rubbermaid Healthcare Telemedicine Resources (Videos, Whitepapers, News)
Rubbermaid Healthcare Telemedicine
FCC Gives Telehealth $400M Boost
Mary Mosquera, Healthcare IT News, 1/10/13

Jan 11, 2013

InteractiveTV Today (ITVT): Links to information and updates about CES 2013, via Tracy Swedlow.:

If you want a quick look at the latest news related to interactive TV, including cool stuff featured at CES 2013, a good resource is the InteractiveTV Today website.   

Below are a few quick links to posts written by Tracy Swedlow, the founder of ITVT.  You'll see that there has been a flood of news and information generated from the companies featured at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013) held in Las Vegas:

Interactive TV headlines Round-Up (I): Aereo, Amazon, A +E Networks, Turner, Warner Bros., Samsung, Roku, Nintendo Wii U, CBS, Microsoft Xbox

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II):  ConnectTV, DDD, LG, Delivery Agent, Samsung, Magic Ruby, "Sons of Anarchy", Digitalsmiths, Time Warner Cable, i.TV

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): DirectTV, Dish Network, Ensequence, Sony, ES3, Azuki Systems, Microsoft Mediaroom

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): Asus, Google TV, Marvell, Sony, Ubitus, Amazon, YouTube

It might take a while to catch up!

BTW, the ITVT website has a number of bloggers who share insights and news related to interactive TV and multimedia.  The ITVT Community Blogstream is a good place to start.

Jan 10, 2013

Gesture Markup Language (GML) for Natural User Interaction and Interfaces

Quick post:
"GML is an extensible markup language used to define gestures that describe interactive object behavior and the relationships between objects in an application.  Gesture Markup Language has been designed to enhance the development of multiuser multi-touch and other HCI device driven applications." -Gesture ML Wiki

GestureML was created and maintained by Ideum. 

More information to come!
The Pano

Photo credit: Ideum

Ideum Blog

OpenExhibits Free multitouch and multiuser software initiative for museums, education, nonprofits, and students

GestureWorks  Multi-touch authoring for Windows 8 & Windows 7