camerafree mobile motion capture as input, smartphone as processor, seetrough dataglasses as output
a proposal for a next generation mobile computing environment
is anyone working on using motes/tinyOs for a non-optical human body motion capture system ? replacing keyboard, mouse, touchscreen with many in a second updating position signals from hundreds of senders attached all over the human body
the idea: to use many hundreds of motes or active rfid tags … worked in textile stripes and textiles … ribbons … shirts… trousers… gloves … rings …. bindi style points … what update many times within every second their position signals ….
the user would see his/her whole body being thisway camerafree motion captured on lightweight plastic semittransparent dataglasses …
processor unit(s) would be one or several 1ghz plus smarphones
perhaps this would not even need active rfid tags … i was just reading the specs of some passive rfid tags
UHF Tags CHaRaCTERIsTICs
EPC-C1g2 ICs NXP UCODE G2XM
Products codes UHF-g2-250 UHF-g2-250HT
Operating Frequency 860 – 960 MHz
Memory size and type 512 Bits – EEPROM
Data retention 10 years
write endurance 10 000 cycles
RF Data Transfer Rate 40-640 Kbit/s
Temperature Range -55° C to +125° C -55° C to 240° C
Degree of protection IP68 (See Note) IP68 (See Note)
Materials Plastic ABS for standard models and PPS resin for HT models
weight 17.8 g 25.7 g
Mechanical dimensions 51x51x6.5mm (± 0.5mm)
but actually i think active rfid tags would be better or motes … because of the decentralized sending activities
has anybody thought about something like this ?
here is a writeup i sent allready out to some people, so far with only a limited feedback … am a bit puzzled why …. i think the idea is marvellous
it is about a next generation truly mobile computing environment …. like kinect for smartphones, but not camera based, instead based on several stripes of lightweight material sending several position status updates per second …. but let me start from beginning … the central part of the system would be a state of the art smartphone … 1ghz plus processor …using a yet to be develloped kind of dataglasses as output. ideally this dataglasses would be plastic and transparent, so the user can decide how much percentage of real world sight gets mixed with how much percentage of data display… the two little displays would be kind of electronic ink next generation capable of showing color video material.
http://www.pixelqi.com/ might be a possible source for such tiny displays.
now i come to the third most important part of the system, the alternative input being generated trough a series of lightweight plastic textiles stripes, having rfid/bluetooth/infrared/gps/? signal senders within … this stripes are being worn around the fingers, ellbows, knees …one could also imagine a shirt and trousers having hundreds of senders integrated plus gloves … just recently, there is a mayor effort in these direction being accomplished by jeff rowberg with his keyglove waerable input device.
to go deeper into this third part of the system … the many signals per sending position updates sending stripes/textiles/clothes … the reason for this is to get a truly mobile motion capture without camera … what signifies a great freedom of movement … together with the semitransparent plasticy dataglasses as output … this system would allow someone to dance on a lawn and play a software piano with hands and legs moving freely … lie on the grass and watch 50 percent blue sky and 50 percent an selfcreated video what one edits with left right up down circular swiping pinching etc. movements in the air …. a modern day poet could stand near a tree and rest the hands on its bark and when inspiration strikes… write the poem directly on its bark … or one could sit in a rowing boat on a lake and paint the water scenery either on the boats wooden seating or in the air … limitless possibilites …. but most of all… and that is what motivates me the most to write to many persons about this idea … the children will not be crippling themselves with hours of game console controller holding and neck bent, spine deforming unhealty sitting positions … but they could go outside and play in upright sitting and standing moving situations …. also they are our future programmers and game designers, roboter engineers and will be witnessing the birth of the first sentient artificial beings on this planet … how can humanity inspire a liberated and evolved mindset being born artificially
( ai robot/android ) if our blood and bones bodies are being kept in unhealty positions holding smartphones, being constantly on keyboards and game controllers….
i did write about the idea at
and with a slightly related connection: