Yoon Rekimoto (Jun Rekimoto), explores the possibilities of augmented reality in the Sony Computer Science Labs, uses cameras, sensors and drones to share what they see and feel other people.
Yoon Rekimoto predicts the future in which sports fans will be able to see the game through the eyes of the players themselves, to feel their feelings on the playing field, without getting off the couch home.
The concept of "connectivity» (jacking in), popularized in the canonical novel by William Gibson, "Neuromancer" (1984), for three decades roams on science fiction - Rekimoto trying to make this idea a little more real.
Rekimoto, Deputy Director for Research in Tokyo Sony Computer Science Laboratories, outlined his research in this area, as part of the first scientific symposium held by the laboratory in the United States. The event was held last week at the New York Museum of Modern Art, where scientists discussed their work in the field of music, art and ... prosthetics. And this is just a small part of the issues discussed during the symposium scientific fields.
Yoon Rekimoto currently interested augmented reality and decided to borrow the idea of Gibson's novel and apply them to modern technology: "I would like to extend this concept, which involves the ability to connect to other people, or drones with a full effect of presence", - said the researcher during interview.
Augmented reality, there is not one year. But even the uninitiated may notice the rapid development of technologies that implement virtual reality - remember oriented game virtuality Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus, own development Sony. Even Samsung, working with Oculus, plans to sell virtual reality helmet, works in conjunction with the smartphone Galaxy Note 4. These Soup can completely change the way we watch movies, play games and communicate with each other.
"When you combine the visual experience (in a way), it can lead to the creation of an entirely new way of communicating - says Brian Blau (Brian Blau), analyst for consumer technology, working on research company Gartner. - To see something through the eyes of another person - I think that this is a promising idea ».
Rekimoto - patient man. Some of the ideas that he is working hardly come to market in the next few years. In one project, he and his colleagues are developing a gadget called LiveSphere, which is worn on the head of the user, includes six cameras can capture a panoramic image of what is happening around his owner. According Rekimoto, the user can take advantage LiveSphere outside help, for example, to obtain a new culinary skills or performing medical procedures. Athletes will be able to carry a similar device to the viewer was able to see anew what is happening during the competition.
"The resulting image is impressive" - so Rekimoto describes testing gadget gymnast, rotating on a crossbeam.
Rekimoto also told that the researchers working on the Sony, and work on the realization of tactile sensations in LiveSphere, using "haptic device", consisting of the microdrive, puts on a user's fingers.
Another project lab Rekimoto - something, called Flying Head (rus. "Flying head"). Literally - the drone, repetitive movements of the head of the user. This technology can be, for example, used by athletes to assess their sports skills during training. Another option - to connect to a personal drone drone can simplify management in areas dangerous for immediate stay of people.
"I think what is more important or promising application (such technology) may be expanding the perception of the user due to the perception of other people - shares ideas Rekimoto. - This may result in an entire industry, where the ability of one person transferred to another ».
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