Second Surface-Multi-user spatial collaboration system.
The system can provide an alternate reality space that generates playful and natural interaction in an everyday setup for multiple users. The goal is to create a second surface on top of the reality, invisible to the naked eyes could generate a real-time spatial canvas on which everyone could express themselves. The system can create an interesting and new collaborative user experience and encourages playful content generation andcan provide new ways of communicating within everyday environment such as cities, schools and households.
I think this one makes a great contribution to the field. It combines the virtual world and the real world by a screen. Also in traditional way, researchers always widen the virtual world by projection or make a virtual world. But this one does a opposite way. It is really good way to help people to make something in the real world collaboratively.
ALS is a disease which has left people almost completely physically paralyzed except for their eyes. This international team is working together to create a low-cost, open source eye-tracking system that will allow ALS patients to draw using just their eyes. The long-term goal is to create a professional/social network of software developers, hardware hackers, urban projection artists and ALS patients from around the world who are using local materials and open source research to creatively connect and make eye art.
I think this is not just a tech project just based on Openframework. It’s a very meaningful activity for patients. It helps them to do the writing or drawing work again even though they don’t have ability to use their arms to do this. It also have a long goal to gather such a group to help these ALS patients. And this also makes me to think that tech should be like this. It should help us to make the world more beautiful and help people’s life. Let them live more easily one this planet.
Here is a link about this: http://eyewriter.org/
Smiling recognition and Fingertracking
I think these two are very interesting little test. Though they are very little, they are all important to help us to make the very complicated project. We can do many things to know whether the people sitting in front of the computer smile or where it hands. So I think they are very helpful and interesting.
This is smiling recognition:http://vimeo.com/53657022