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.


ParrotsOnJava at JavaOne San Francisco, Maker Faire Hannover and Java Forum Stuttgart

June 12, 2014

After having several successful invited talks at the Javaland conference in Brühl near Cologne, the keynote talk at Microsoft Student Technology in Berlin, the Nerd Night in Munich and some more, we can now announce some new events.

We are still working on the exhibition project for the Deutsches Museum München. We have many new ideas with Intel RealSense and other gesture control technologies based on 3D depth camera systems. Video updates will follow when we have some spare time.


ParrotsOnJava.com is building an gesture controlled exhibit for Deutsches Museum Munich

May 31, 2014

ParrotsOnJava.com is building an gestre control exhibit for Deutsches Museum Munich

Currently we’re building an interactive gesture control exhibit for the “world’s largest museum of science and technology, with approximately 1.5 million visitors per year and about 28,000 exhibited objects from 50 fields of science and technology.” (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsches_Museum for more informations)

On the left side you can see a vitrine with an approximately 5 m² area. We want to built an exhibit where guests were able to control a little car with gestures. For this exhibit we are using our software and the Creative Labs Senz3D camera.

We would like to thank Intel for sponsoring the materials for this exhibit.


ParrotsOnJava at the Nerd Nite

April 27, 2014

ParrotsOnJava was visiting the nerd nite on Thursday evening. We were presenting a short and more humorous version of our gesture talk. In about 20 minutes, we were able to tell the audience about what to do with gesture control. There were about 400 participants.

Have a look at the nerd nite homepage.

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