Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality  a way to use technology to redefine space, and it places a virtual layer over the world with geographic specificity ensuring a good fit. Check out the video below – In real life, the woman is holding what appears to be a simple box of LEGOs. But when seen through an AR viewer, the box comes to life, serving as a platform for a beautiful carousel. It’s not that you’re imagining things , AR uses computer animation to bring objects to life.


While mainstream examples of AR have been, to date, on the fluffy side (like this and this), the technology has promise as an urban utility. Trak Lord of Metaio, an AR company based in Germany, says his company is researching how augmented reality can be used in urban environments. Cities present a challenge to the technology, since buildings and shops are so close together and GPS isn’t yet accurate enough to distinguish among them. But Metaio developed a proprietary algorithm that works with GPS, Continuous Visual Search (CVS) and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) to “snap” AR layers into place with impressive accuracy.

Improvements to the technology means more promise for AR — and 2.5 billion AR apps are expected to be downloaded by 2017. But if you’re wondering how you’ll actually use AR, we’ve outlined seven real ways in which you, city dwellers across the globe, might soon use this bleeding-edge technology. AR has great potential to transform our cities and the way we learn and discover within them.

1. Urban Exploration

In a new neighborhood or exploring another city? Ditch the Fodor’s and grab an AR app that shows you what’s nearby and where you should go. These AR apps let you filter by category so you can find exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s a coffee shop, restaurant or museum. And you won’t need to worry about getting turned around by the map the AR app will adapt based on what you’re facing, so it’ll tell you to turn right and get you to your destination, as opposed to just indicating that you should walk northeast (how are you supposed to know which way is northeast?). This kind of AR app already exists  check out Nokia’s City Lens, Wikitude and Metaio’s Junaio and there are more to come.

Lord explained another fun use of AR beyond helping you get around. In Munich, for example, the clock known as Glockenspiel chimes at 11 a.m., and little characters act out “scenes.” But what if you’re not there at 11 a.m.? Metaio created an overlay of the animation of the routine so that you can “see” the animation when you hold your smartphone up to the Glockenspiel, in effect letting you experience the moment any time of day. This technology could be applied for other time-sensitive events at landmarks, such as the Changing of the Guards or the illumination of the Eiffel Tower during the holidays, for instance.

And another fun way to explore your city  is to overlay 3D maps that show what the city looked like at any point in history. If you’re walking down Broadway, you would be able to “see” horse-drawn carriages parked on the street in front of old parlors similar idea would be to overlay what your city used to look like on top of the current layout. If you live in New York, you could walk around downtown and your phone would geolocate your positioning and put a virtual layer on top of the street, letting you “see” the wall after which Wall Street is named, carriages parked on the street and the cobbler shop on the corner. It’d be like walking in a history book.

2. Museum
Visiting a museum? Metaio did an integration with the British Museum where there were AR hot spots that offered more information, and the Junaio AR browser basically “attaches” information to the art so you don’t need to buy one of those audio tours. Especially in the case of modern art, says Lord, “You could walk up to nearly any painting in any museum and the [AR] recognition will work on it,” using LLA (Longitude, Latitude, Altitude) to navigate indoors.

Metaio also experimented with 3D virtual “docents,” who are placed throughout the museum but only visible through the browser and can tell you more about the art in nearby exhibits. Lord explains that this is a helpful tool, especially when you’re in a large museum, like the Louvre or New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, where maps don’t always help you find what you’re looking for.

3. Shopping
Augmented reality lets you browse a virtual catalog of clothes from your favorite brands, shop directly within your Esquire magazine (below), or head to a virtual pop-up store and avoid the lines.


Augmented reality is going to radically change the shape of commerce, says Rosenthal of Goldrun, who created an AR pop-up shop for Airwalk in a New York City park. AR could turn places as mundane as parks and airports into shopping destinations, which would be a great way to kill time (and a smart way for businesses to save money on commercial real estate). If there’s no UNIQLO or Crate & Barrel in your city, AR could change that, and you could browse the stores virtually, using your phone. Think of it as v-commerce, as opposed to ecommerce.

But even brick-and-mortar locations could integrate augmented reality into their design. They could show you items that will be on shelves soon, or items that aren’t sold at that location  and soon you’ll even be able to feel these items through your phone. And have you ever thought about how much storefront designs costs and that they’re simply thrown out after? AR could spice up window displays and cut costs if ornate tangible displays are instead be presented digitally. (This, of course, won’t happen until AR reaches critical mass among a mainstream audience.)

4. Travel and History
If you’re looking for budget “travel” options or a quick “getaway,” you could find a solution in augmented reality. Just plop the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa right in your backyard and unlock monuments during a sort of virtual vacation, and you could learn tidbits about each one as you go. It’s be a great way to teach your kids, too “You could have your kid pose with each monument and basically take a ‘trip around the world,'” says Rosenthal.

Using AR in this way would be great at home and in classrooms, where history teachers could take students on a “class trip” to the Great Wall of China and even pose for a picture, making education deeply personal and thus, more memorable. This, of course, is different from the AR uses mentioned in #1, since you wouldn’t need to be physically in front of the monuments to see them with AR.

5. Customer Service
No one likes having to call customer service  you’ll be put on hold and stuck listening to a script recited by a rep. But in the future, if you’re having trouble setting up Apple TV, or your cable cuts off, you can have customer service come to you.

Metaio’s AR software can access the user’s camera (Lord assures us it’s not as creepy as it sounds), so if you’re setting up technology at home and having problems, the support team can access the camera and in real-time, overlay instructions through the camera. So instead of hearing generic instructions, like “Unplug the red cord” and “double-check the port,” someone could walk you through the process and see the things you’re seeing, enabling the customer service rep to point things out in more detailed, visual way and helping problems get solved in a more efficient manner.

6. Safety and Rescue Operations
Chris Grayson, an AR expert, says, “The enterprise space and government employees could see the first real-world benefits” of AR. Emergencies are a fact of life, and first responders, police and firefighters often arrive at chaotic scenes and need to make sense of the environment and navigate a place they’ve never been. Wouldn’t it be cool if they could see a virtual map of the site or have “X-ray vision” to see underground water and power lines?

7. Moving & Decorating Your Home
Maybe this is only a problem in Manhattan, where we live in shoeboxes, but AR has fun and useful applications when it comes to moving day. There’s no worse feeling than buying furniture, paying the delivery fee, having someone schlep it up five flights of stairs, only to have it  not fit through the doorway or look like a Gulliver-sized sofa in a lilliputian living room. What if you searched through an app and pulled up the Macy’s bedframe, IKEA dresser (IKEA has already experimented with AR, see below) and Jennifer Convertibles sofabed through an app and virtually positioned them in your home so you could see what they’d look like and whether they would actually fit  before you head to the store and pay?


 
Sources: Internet – Wikipedia, Mashable, Youtube, Instructables.

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Google Adwords Lab

                                             Going to Google’s office has always been a dream, and Adwords program fulfilled it. It was a training program, but more than training we were keen in roaming around the office,and yes we did learn a lot. We learnt a whole lot about Adwords. This was more of like a reunion for us , met with other ambassador whom I met in Goa during the summit. It was a whole lot of fun fill experience, It is a different experience to be with people who think and act like how you do. We had a bunch of sweet trainer from Google London and Google India, the best part was the dinner night, It was a great night, and the whole program was cool, well indeed its true google really does Cool this that matter. The whole program was like a dream.

Then came the real part “The Adwords Exam”. Tried had to get 50+ but the passing score was 80, We thought we almost lost it. Then came the Google magic, we realized “If not we who else” and “Now or never” So, we thought of doing ” Cool things that matter”.
United we cracked the Google Adwords Exam. Then came the Super Feast “Hands on Google Glass”, everyone bumped into glass and some even went mad shouting “Ok Glass”, “Ok Glass”. I really miss every one of my crazy sweet fellow ambassadors and trainers -Deepak and Aida. Hoping to meet you guys very soon. Thank you for everything !!

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Seizure – First Aid

What is a Seizure? 

A seizure is when the nerves of somebody act strangely. Nerves transmit information. They do this by electrical impulses and by some chemical substances called transmitters.

Reasons for Seizure:
>Lack of sleep  (most common reason)
A normal Adult requires a minimum sleep of 8 hours.

>Certain types of drugs, or their withdrawal.
The presence of certain medications in the body, such as lithium, antipsychotic medications, trycyclic antidepressants and high doses of      penicillin, can induce seizures. Abrupt withdrawal of some of these same substances can also bring on seizure

Other reasons:
>Too much alcohol.
>stress.
>High fever.
>Certain types of head injuries.
>Inexplicably day dreaming for long periods of time.

Prevention:
Doctors advise that healthy lifestyle habits are the best way to prevent or reduce the frequency of seizures. Reducing stress, eating a well-balanced diet, getting enough sleep in addition to regular exercise may help to decrease the number of seizures. A person should avoid consuming too much alcohol, as well as avoid taking amphetamines, cocaine or other recreational drugs. Always take medications exactly as prescribe by the Doctor.

Detect When a Seizure Is Going to Happen:
Pay attention to changes in your sense of smell, taste or touch. Some of the warning signs reported by epileptic patients before the onset of a seizure were that of peculiar smells, tastes and feelings which were difficult to explain, yet consistent with their seizures, according to Epilepsy.com. Some patients also reported unexplained forgetfulness.

Experiencing unexplained confusion or feelings of “spaciness,” accompanied by severe headaches or lapses in memory, may be another sign that a seizure is imminent. Some people have reported “out-of-body” sensations, during which they felt detached from their physical bodies or reality prior to seizures. If familiar situations or people suddenly begin to seem unfamiliar or strange, this could be a sign that a seizure is on its way.

If you find yourself inexplicably daydreaming for long periods of time, or feeling very weak and sleepy, and you have a history of seizures, these symptoms may precede a seizure. Experiencing unusual twitching and tingling sensations in the arms, legs, fingers and/or toes may be another sign of an impending seizure.

FIRST AID:

First aid for seizures involves responding in ways that can keep the person safe until the seizure stops by itself. Here are a few things you can do to help someone who is having a seizure:

>Keep calm and reassure other people who may be nearby.
>Prevent injury by clearing the area around the person of anything hard or sharp.
>Ease the person to the floor and put something soft and flat, like a folded jacket, under his head.
>Remove eyeglasses and loosen ties or anything around the neck that may make breathing difficult.
>Time the seizure with your watch. If the seizure continues for longer than five minutes without signs of slowing down or if a person has trouble      breathing afterwards, appears to be injured, in pain, or recovery is unusual in some way, call Ambulance.
>Do not hold the person down or try to stop his movements.
>Contrary to popular belief, it is not true that a person having a seizure can swallow his tongue. Do not put anything in the person’s mouth. Efforts to hold the tongue down can injure the teeth or jaw.
>Turn the person gently onto one side. This will help keep the airway clear.
>Don’t attempt artificial respiration except in the unlikely event that a person does not start breathing again after the seizure has stopped.
>Stay with the person until the seizure ends naturally and he is fully awake.
>Do not offer the person water or food until fully alert
>Be friendly and reassuring as consciousness returns.
>Offer to call a taxi, friend or relative to help the person get home if he seems confused or unable to get home without help.

Here are a few things you can do to help someone who is having a seizure that appears as blank staring, loss of awareness, and/or involuntary blinking, chewing, or other facial movements.
>Stay calm and speak reassuringly.
>Guide him away from dangers.
>Block access to hazards, but don’t restrain the person.
>If he is agitated, stay a distance away, but close enough to protect him until full awareness has returned.

Recommendations :

1) Have a Deep sleep in the nights.

      

2)Regular Exercise



3)A stress-free Environment
make yourself free from the mental stress .


4)Have a balanced diet

5)Drink lots of Water!




6)Avoid consuming alcohol.

MY FIRST PROJECT

HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM

Abstract:

It is rightly said that “Necessity is the mother of invention”.
The idea sparked from the simple fact that we do sometimes forget to switch of the lights and fans while we leave the room. So the main objective of this project is to automatically switch the supply off.

The idea involves two infrared LEDs on one side of the door frame that shoot two invisible beams of light across the doorway to the other side. On the side opposite of the infrared LEDs there are two infrared receivers that detect when the light is present or not.

The logic for determining when someone crosses a door frame, and what direction they went will be handled by an atmega168 microcontroller. By sensing which of the two beams “breaks” first as someone crosses the door frame, it can detect the direction they travel in. The microcontroller then uses logic to keep track of the number of people in each room based on how many enters the house and from what rooms they travel to from there.

Lights come on in a room immediately upon entering. If you are the last person in the room the lights immediately go off when you leave. The microcontroller knows how many people are in the room, so if two people walk in and one leaves, the lights remain on until the last person leaves. The number of persons in the room can be monitored. Here the microcontroller uses the ARDUNIO platform to communicate to the system.

The greatest problem faced while using IR is the effect of Sunlight but here as the IR transmitters and Receivers are shielded sunlight does not affect them. The system is designed in such a way that handshakes, Object flying across the sensor will not be considered into account. The switching Output from the controller is given to the Relay which thereby switches the AC signal.

Since the counter Output is made available in the computer it possible to develop this project to send data to your mobile using Gsm Modules and Android apps can be developed to monitor the whole system.

ARDUNIO CODING:

Source code:

#include <LiquidCrystal.h>                      //Library include lcd
int c=0;                                                               //Initialize counter
LiquidCrystal lcd(8,9,10,11,12,13);       //Initialize pins for lcd

void setup()

{
pinMode(16,INPUT);                                 //declare pin 16 as input (tsop-A)
pinMode(17,INPUT);                                 //declare pin 17 as input (tsop-B)
pinMode(11,OUTPUT);                            //declare pin 11 as Output(LED RED)
pinMode(12,OUTPUT);                            //declare pin 12 as Output(LED Blue)
pinMode(13,OUTPUT);                            //declare pin 13 as Output(LED WHITE)
pinMode(2,OUTPUT);                              //declare pin 2 as Output (RELAY)

Serial.begin(9600);                                     //serial communication with computer
lcd.begin(16,2);                                             //declare LCD as 16×2 type
lcd.clear();                                                      // clear Garbage values on the screen
lcd.write(“calibrate sensor “);
delay(4000);
lcd.setCursor(0,1);                                    //set lcd cursor to second line
lcd.write(“please wait..”);
delay(5000);                                                //delay in ms
lcd.blink();                                                    //cursor blink
delay(2000);
lcd.clear();
lcd.write(“System Ready…”);
delay(1000);
lcd.blink();
}
void loop()                                                   //program logic starts
{
a:
if(c>0)
{  digitalWrite(2,1);  }
else
{  digitalWrite(2,0);   }

digitalWrite(12,0);

digitalWrite(13,0);
digitalWrite(11,0);
if(pulseIn(16,0)==LOW)
{
digitalWrite(11,1);
if(pulseIn(17,0)==LOW)

{digitalWrite(12,1);

digitalWrite(13,1);

c++;
Serial.print(“Total persons Inside  “);
Serial.println(c);
lcd.print(“Motion detected”);
lcd.clear();
lcd.print(“Total persons:”);
lcd.setCursor(0,1);
lcd.print(c);
}
else
{
digitalWrite(11,0);
digitalWrite(12,0);
digitalWrite(13,0);
goto a;
}
}
else
{
if(pulseIn(17,0)==LOW)
{
digitalWrite(12,1);
if(pulseIn(16,0)==LOW)

{
digitalWrite(11,1);
digitalWrite(13,1);
c–;
Serial.print(“Total persons Inside  “);
Serial.println(c);
lcd.print(“Motion detected”);
lcd.clear();
lcd.print(“Total persons:”);
lcd.setCursor(0,1);
lcd.print(c);
}
else
{
digitalWrite(11,0);
digitalWrite(12,0);
digitalWrite(13,0);
goto a;
}
}
}
delay(10);
}

//End of program

Team  JAK®

me Coding

Prototype

Home Automation system

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Me Explaining

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Raspberry Pi Readings

Things to remember..

College life is the time, your entire characteristics will be shaped and defined to its infinite infinitesimal details. Be it, living life, what you believe, passion, love.  This is where it all starts.

As you begin your college experience, thought I’d leave you with the things that, in retrospect, I think are important as you navigate the next four years. I hope that some of them are helpful.
Here goes…

  1. Your friends will change a lot over the next four years. Let them.
  2. Call someone you love back home a few times a week, even if just for a few minutes.
  3. In college more than ever before, songs will attach themselves to memories. Every month or two, make a mix cd, mp3 folder, whatever – just make sure you keep copies of these songs. Ten years out, they’ll be as effective as a journal in taking you back to your favorite moments.
  4. Take naps in the middle of the afternoon with reckless abandon.
  5. Adjust your schedule around when you are most productive and creative. If you’re nocturnal and do your best work late at night, embrace that. It may be the only time in your life when you can.
  6. If you write your best papers the night before they are due, don’t let people tell you that you “should be more organized” or that you “should plan better.” Different things work for different people. Personally, I worked best under pressure – so I always procrastinated… and always kicked ass (which annoyed my friends to no end).  😉
  7. Use the freedom that comes with not having grades first semester to experiment and see what works best for you.
  8. At least a few times in your college career, do something fun and irresponsible when you should be studying. The night before my freshman year psych final, my roommate somehow scored front row seats to the Indigo Girls at a venue 2 hours away. I didn’t do so well on the final, but I haven’t thought about psych since 1993. I’ve thought about the experience of going to that show (with the guy who is now my son’s godfather) at least once a month ever since.
  9. Become friends with your favorite professors. Recognize that they can learn from you too – in fact, that’s part of the reason they chose to be professors.
  10. Carve out an hour every single day to be alone. (Sleeping doesn’t count.)
  11. Go on dates. Don’t feel like every date has to turn into a relationship.
  12. Don’t date someone your roommate has been in a relationship with.
  13. When your friends’ parents visit, include them. You’ll get free food, etc., and you’ll help them to feel like they’re cool, hangin’ with the hip college kids.
  14. In the first month of college, send a hand-written letter to someone who made college possible for you and describe your adventures thus far. It will mean a lot to him/her now, and it will mean a lot to you in ten years when he/she shows it to you.
  15. Embrace the differences between you and your classmates. Always be asking yourself, “what can I learn from this person?” More of your education will come from this than from any classroom.
  16. All-nighters are entirely overrated.
  17. For those of you who have come to college in a long-distance relationship with someone from high school: despite what many will tell you, it can work. The key is to not let your relationship interfere with your college experience. If you don’t want to date anyone else, that’s totally fine! What’s not fine, however, is missing out on a lot of defining experiences because you’re on the phone with your boyfriend/girlfriend for three hours every day.
  18. Working things out between friends is best done in person, not over email. (IM does not count as “in person.”) Often someone’s facial expressions will tell you more than his/her words.
  19. Take risks.
  20. Don’t be afraid of (or excited by) the co-ed bathrooms. The thrill is over in about 2 seconds.
  21. Wednesday is the middle of the week; therefore on wednesday night the week is more than half over. You should celebrate accordingly. (It makes thursday and friday a lot more fun.)
  22. Welcome failure into your lives. It’s how we grow. What matters is not that you failed, but that you recovered.
  23. Take some classes that have nothing to do with your major(s), purely for the fun of it.
  24. It’s important to think about the future, but it’s more important to be present in the now. You won’t get the most out of college if you think of it as a stepping stone.
  25. When you’re living on a college campus with 400 things going on every second of every day, watching TV is pretty much a waste of your time and a waste of your parents’ money. If you’re going to watch, watch with friends so at least you can call it a “valuable social experience.”
  26. Don’t be afraid to fall in love. When it happens, don’t take it for granted. Celebrate it, but don’t let it define your college experience.
  27. Much of the time you once had for pleasure reading is going to disappear. Keep a list of the books you would have read had you had the time, so that you can start reading them when you graduate.
  28. Things that seem like the end of the world really do become funny with a little time and distance. Knowing this, forget the embarassment and skip to the good part.
  29. Every once in awhile, there will come an especially powerful moment when you can actually feel that an experience has changed who you are. Embrace these, even if they are painful.
  30. No matter what your political or religious beliefs, be open-minded. You’re going to be challenged over the next four years in ways you can’t imagine, across all fronts. You can’t learn if you’re closed off.
  31. If you need to get a job, find something that you actually enjoy. Just because it’s work doesn’t mean it has to suck.
  32. Don’t always lead. It’s good to follow sometimes.
  33. Take a lot of pictures. One of my major regrets in life is that I didn’t take more pictures in college. My excuse was the cost of film and processing. Digital cameras are cheap and you have plenty of hard drive space, soyou have no excuse.
  34. Your health and safety are more important than anything.
  35. Ask for help. Often.
  36. Half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at any given moment. Way more than half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at some point in the next four years. Get used to it.
  37. In ten years very few of you will look as good as you do right now, so secretly revel in how hot you are before it’s too late.
  38. In the long run, where you go to college doesn’t matter as much as what you do with the opportunities you’re given there. The MIT name on your resume won’t mean much if that’s the only thing on your resume. As a student here, you will have access to a variety of unique opportunities that no one else will ever have – don’t waste them.
  39. On the flip side, don’t try to do everything. Balance = well-being.
  40. Make perspective a priority. If you’re too close to something to have good perspective, rely on your friends to help you.
  41. Eat badly sometimes. It’s the last time in your life when you can do this without feeling guilty about it.
  42. Make a complete ass of yourself at least once, preferably more. It builds character.
  43. Wash your sheets more than once a year. Trust me on this one.
  44. If you are in a relationship and none of your friends want to hang out with you and your significant other, pay attention. They usually know better than you do.
  45. Don’t be afraid of the weird pizza topping combinations that your new friend from across the country loves. Some of the truly awful ones actually taste pretty good. Expand your horizons.
  46. Explore the campus thoroughly. Don’t get caught.
  47. Life is too short to stick with a course of study that you’re no longer excited about. Switch, even if it complicates things.
  48. Tattoos are permanent. Be very certain.
  49. Don’t make fun of prefrosh. That was you like 2 hours ago.
  50. Enjoy every second of the next four years. It is impossible to describe how quickly they pass.
  51. This is the only time in your lives when your only real responsibility is to learn. Try to remember how lucky you are every day.

Be yourself. Create. Inspire, and be inspired. Grow. Laugh. Learn. Love.
Welcome to some of the best years of your lives.

 

Courtesy:
MIT admissions counselor  – Ben Jones in 2006.