Tangible Data, Ambiciti, Sprout... What we preferred to Futur en Seine 2016
As every year at Futur en Seine, the Ile-de-France festival of digital innovation, advanced research rubs shoulders with anecdotal, playful adjoins academic, virtual reality (in force for the 2016 edition) alongside connected objects. We were able to dive under the seas thanks to the design students of Nantes, have a custom saxophone mouthpiece made, draw your dreams via a Dassault Systèmes installation or go boating in the middle of nature more… in a gym. All this represents only a tiny part of what was exhibited at Futur en Seine for ten days, between the Théâtre de la Gaîté Lyrique, the hall of the Carreau du Temple or the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts. So here is a small additional selection.
Revora DWP: the diver’s digital assistant
Designed by and for divers, the Revora DWP (for Diver Wrist Panel) is a multi-purpose connected bracelet. The device consists of a bulky connected bracelet that attaches to the forearm and hugs its shape. at the front, 6 powerful LED lights effectively pierce the darkness and allow underwater shots using the built-in full HD camera. The device also integrates an on-board computer and a screen that displays all the necessary information : duration of the dive, level of air in the bottles, depth, as well as a compass to locate yourself. This smart bracelet is equipped with accelerometers that detect wrist movements, which can be used to control the device. Thus, the bracelet knows how to recognize the gesture meaning” I have a problem ” in diving language (the flat hand that is made to pitch) and can then send an alert message to the other users of this case via VLF waves (underwater) or VHF (on the surface). It is also possible to include, as a precaution, information about your possible drug allergies as well as your blood type.
A very interesting diving “bracelet” released in February 2017. lamp camera cap gps computer…# futurenseine pic.twitter.com/ZLk2LzU0LR
– Erwan Lecomte (@Erwan_Lecomte) June 10, 2016
Nucleus VR, build-it-yourself virtual reality
Designed by EAB Engineering, Nucleus VR is a virtual universe creation tool for non-programmers. The idea ? A system as easy to use and intuitive as a page layout or blog creation software. It is therefore a succession of menus and submenus in which elements are selected to be placed in an empty space in virtual 3D (the “metavers”, as meta-universe): buildings, accessories, access roads, industrial elements (pipes, tanks, conveyor belts, boxes), urban furniture (fire hydrant, street lamp, pavement), etc.
So many things that the user can create himself beforehand and inject into the Nucleus VR back office (by taking 360° photos and creating objects on graphics software) before going to fetch them via the menus. It is a bit Sim City in more realistic and for professional use(the tool will be presented at the World Nuclear Exhibition at the end of June 2016, on the stand of Vinci Energies). In addition, thanks to a collaborative function, about twenty people wearing a head-mounted headset can explore the metavers at the same time. In particular for industrial training or inspection work.
HP Sprout: the all-in-one computer for graphic designers
At first glance, it looks like two drops of water to a classic all-in-one computer. With the difference, however, that the machine is equipped with a touch screen. But on closer inspection, we see that the Sprout is much more than that. This computer is topped with a device that looks like a simple desk lamp. True, this equipment illuminates the working surface in front of the user, but its function is much more spectacular. Indeed, it is actually a real video projector that displays the image of the screen flat, on a touch surface. This significantly improves the comfort of designers and graphic designers. Right next to the projector, is embedded an HD webcam that, with a click, can photograph objects posed in front of the computer. These are then automatically cut out and stored in the image bank of the machine.
The” Sprout ” from HP. An all-in-one computer that can scan objects # futurenseine # Imprimante3D pic.twitter.com/Sh5Z9iO5sG
– Erwan Lecomte (@Erwan_Lecomte) June 10, 2016
Even better, the Sprout can be used as a 3D scanner, as it comes with a small tray on which to place the objects to be scanned. The latter is then responsible for turning and tilting the object so as to present all facets to the eye of the camera. In the end, the computer produces a file that you just have to send to a 3D printer. The Sprout has already been on the market for a few months.
Ambiciti, to locate pollution in the city
In 2015, Inria introduced the Soundcity mobile application that provided a mapping of noise pollution. The microphone of the smartphone is thus put to use to record the noises, its geolocation to generate the map. All users ‘ recordings are aggregated to fine-tune measurements as they go, provide histories, and allow others to anticipate the noise level on a given route. But Inria wants to go further : at Futur en Seine, it presented Ambiciti, which integrates Soundcity by adding air quality measurements. These do not come this time from a smartphone sensor (although it may come in a few years…) but from an artificial intelligence that performs simulations based on public traffic and pollution data. Here too is provided a map with clearly identified “hot spots”.
IO Datascience, find a database on the Saclay plateau
Specialized in semantic search on the web, Border Cloud has developed a service aimed at scientists. On an interactive map like Google Maps, the io site.datascience geolocates the datasets created by researchers from the Plateau de Paris-Saclay as part of their work. The idea is, for a researcher, whatever the discipline, to find who created which database, in which laboratory and who is the contact. For each dataset, the site provides examples of reuse and a researcher can load his own on the site. Border Cloud is there to advise researchers and help them comply with standards of formatting their datasets, in order to facilitate queries.
Tangible Data, to “touch” data
It’s all in the title. In a corner of the fourth floor of the Gaîté Lyrique, the company Tangible Data was demonstrating a funny device. On a large table-touch screen display information. They can be explored and manipulated using a physical object that is moved on the screen. We extract histograms, graphs, curves, which we can then send on a vertical screen in order to clear the table and follow with other manipulations (see video below). The company designs software component, which includes object detection and data visualization, as well as hardware (touch table, objects).
By Arnaud Devillard and Erwan Lecomte