Deutsches Museum München – The assembly begins

August 22, 2014

We’re starting to assemble all important parts for the Deutsches Museum Munich project to make our exhibition a great success. For this we had to disassemble the Thymio II robot which was selected by us as the best choice for the gesture controlled robot. This is important since the Thymio II needs permanent current. Normally the Thymio is powered by a battery pack which is not a good solution when having an exhibition project in a museum which will be powered for 12 hours a day.

We have to solve a problem with the Intel Realsense camera, since we are not able to use USB cables longer than ~5m. But we are sure that we can solve this too!

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“Best Presentation Award” – 2nd place at the Java Forum Stuttgart

August 15, 2014

Our talk was selected 2nd place (out of 49) for the “Best presentation Award” at the Java Forum Stuttgart. The Java Forum Stuttgart is one of the biggest conferences in Germany regarding the Java programming language and was sold out with about 1.800 visitors.

Guests of the Java Forum were able to fill out a questionnaire for the different presentations they had visited. We like to thank all the curious and interested people visiting and voting for our presentation and making this possible.

Source: http://www.java-forum-stuttgart.de/de/BestPresentations.html

"Best Presentation Award 2014" - 2nd place at Java Forum Stuttgart


Microsoft STC 2014 Keynote talk on YouTube

August 8, 2014

This goes to all German speaking readers out there. You now have the chance to see one of our conference talks on YouTube. This Microsoft Keynote was held at the the Student Technology Conference on the 4th of April 2014. Please note that we’re updating our talk frequently since the amount of devices for gesture control is frequently increasing.

Within the time our library was extended with much more functionality. From now on we can control robots like the Thymio II, little iRacer cars or the Sphero Ball 2.0. For this we had to extend the library with Bluetooth compatibility among other things.

Furthermore ParrotsOnJava.com will attend the Intel RealSense Challenge as so called “Ambassadors”, a special challenge track for teams which attended the last Perceptual Computing World Championship successfully. Stay tuned for our new ideas! Believe us, those ideas are really, really crazy!


ParrotsOnJava.com at Java Forum Stuttgart

July 23, 2014

On the 17th of July we had our talk about gesture control using different 3D camera systems like Intel Real Sense (also known as Creative Gesture Camera or Senz3D), Leap Motion, and Kinect v2. Our talk was very well visited. People were really impressed with what you can do with gesture cameras. Like always, we let people try the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 demo showcase with all different camera technologies.

We’ve just ordered some Occulus Rift VR version 2 glasses since we have some ideas of really cool and impressive real world showcases.

Stay tuned for more information on this!

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Microsoft presented ParrotsOnJava.com at the Maker Faire Hannover 2014

July 7, 2014

Microsoft attented the Maker Faire Hannover 2014 and invited us to present some showcases with their very new Kinect v2. Microsoft itself has shown some demo showcases with the Intel Galileo board which should be an alternative to the well known Raspberry Pi. They were able to install a Windows 8 onto this Intel Galileo boards.

ParrotsOnJava.com presented very new demo showcases. Now they are able to control robots and cars using different 3D-camera systems. This makes it possible to let people (and especially children) control little cars and robots with their bodies and hands. This is really cool if we don’t have that much space to make our showcase where drones were controlled with bare hands.

We are still extending our portfolio of different showcases. After more than one year developing our gesture control software we want to start with developing some new real world video games which were controlled with bare hands. Stay tuned!


Kinect v2 controls Thymio II robot

July 2, 2014

For the “Deutsches Museum” exhibition project the ParrotsOnJava.com team is still experimenting with different technologies to find the best mini RC-car which can be gesture controlled by visitors of the museum. At this point in time the Thymio II robot seems to be a very good solution.

For demonstration reasons you can see a Kinect v2 which is connected with a windows laptop. The laptop sends the gesture data through the internet using an android smartphone tethering connection. The raspberry pi is connected to this wireless phone connection as well. The gesture data is transferred to the raspberry pi. A python script translates  the incoming data and runs some ASEBA functions against the Thymio II ASEBA interface.


Demonstration of a Intel RealSense gesture controlled Thymio II robot for Deutsches Museum exhibition

June 23, 2014

The ParrotsOnJava.com team is bulding an exhibition project for the hugest technical museum all over the world – the Deutsches Museum München.

The Intel RealSense exhibition project will allow any visitor to try gesture control. In this case we’ve decided to let the visitor control a small Thymio II robot with bare hands. This small video is a short demonstration of what we’re currently working on and what the current state is.


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