The Human Interface Technology Laboratory New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) is developing and commercializing technology that improves human computer interaction and by doing so unlocks the power of human intelligence. The HIT Lab NZ conducts research with new emerging technologies such as Augmented Reality, Next Generation Video Conferencing, Immersive Visualization and Human-Robot Interaction. Interaction Design techniques are used to adapt these technologies to the needs of end users and solve real world problems. The end goal is to improve the user experience with technology.
Tomorrow, Wednesday the 29th of May, at 2pm, Peter Kan will be giving a seminar on his PhD research, titled "High-Quality Real-Time Global Illumination in Augmented Reality"
The presentation is focused on the topic of high-quality rendering for augmented reality. This topic is held as my PhD research at Vienna University of Technology.
With the aim of achieving visual coherence between virtual and real objects the algorithms for light source estimation, light transport calculation, material simulation, camera optics, and compositing are presented. Other projects from Virtual Reality Group at TU Vienna will be discussed as well. Finally I will describe the user study which is the topic of my research in HITLab NZ.
See you all there!
This Wednesday the 22nd of May at 2pm, Timo Bleeker will be giving his seminar, titled "About robots, AR and apple pie".
My seminar will be about my background, a little history/culture lesson about the Netherlands, some projects I did in the past and a little bit about my Masters Thesis which is about communication, AR, interaction and interface design.
To sweeten the deal, Timo has said that he will be making Dutch Apple Pie for the seminar. Definitely not one to be missed!
See you all there!
This Wednesday, the 20th of March, at 2pm, Danielle Cummings will give a Seminar about her research:
Team coordination is vital to the success of team missions. On the battlefield and in other hazardous environments, mission outcomes are often very unpredictable because of unforeseen circumstances and complications encountered that adversely affect team coordination. In addition, the battlefield is constantly evolving as new technology, such as context-aware systems and unmanned drones, becomes available to assist teams in coordinating team efforts. As a result, we must re-evaluate the dynamics of teams that operate in high-stress, hazardous environments in order to learn how to use technology to enhance team coordination within this new context. In dangerous environments where multi-tasking is critical for the safety and success of the team operation, it is important to know what forms of interaction are most conducive to team tasks. We've conducted an ethnographic analysis of Soldiers and researched technologies such as sketch recognition, physiological data classification, augmented reality, and haptics to come up with a set of core principles to be used when designing technological tools for these teams. This research has resulted in the development of a multimodal solution that enhances team coordination by allowing users to synchronize their tasks while keeping an overall awareness of team status and their environment.
All Welcome, See you there.
This Wednesday the 15th of May at 2pm we have a special seminar from Norman Carlson, who is a senior trainer at City Fitness, and has been working with Larry Podmore over the last year.
Norman has developed a closed loop training and diet system with feedback loops built in for individuals.
He is interested in gaining insights from the HITLabNZ team on the concept, which we have shown in prototype to Tom Furness.
The seminar will show work on the programme to date and gain feedback on the potential for research and deployment of such a system.
See you all there.
CCDU 3D, an outdoor augmented reality app that shows the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan in 3D, was featured in 3 News on Sunday (10 Mar 2013). Thanks to those who contributed to Outdoor AR projects.
You can watch the news clip on the 3 News website:
Please visit Google Play Store to try the app on your Android Tablet.