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3D Holograms. No Glasses Required.

Information, games and more in a volumetric 3D display.

Voxon Photonics, who operate out of Tonsley in Adelaide, bring digital content to life through volumetric displays. Imagine retro video games, human faces and pictures of animals coming to life as 3D holograms – and you don’t even need to wear glasses to see them.

 

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Five-day technology event #HybridWorldADL returns to Adelaide in July.

The OrbIT System Proves Games Can Be Therapy

An accessible gaming system for people with hand impairments.

For people with hand impairments, playing video games isn’t always possible. But the OrbIT accessible gaming system provides an alternative.

“It facilitates access for people who have an impairment,” says David Hobbs, Lecturer and Rehabilitation Engineer at Flinders University. “They can play video or computer games, but at the same time, they’re getting therapy – and that’s the power. They’re getting access to a health alternative through the technology we’ve developed,” he says.

The development process took two and a half years from the initial idea to the first trial. More than twelve different professional disciplines were represented in the team, from industrial design to physiotherapy.

OrbIT’s reception has been sweepingly positive – “especially from children,” says Hobbs. “They want to take OrbIT home.”

What are the games like?

“Most of the games are interactive, fun games. And the reason for that is we want people to engage and play with it,” says Hobbs.

“The ultimate plan is to increase our portfolio of games, and to increase our games catalogue, so we have more attraction and more appeal. Games for little children; games for teenagers; games for adults and more learning games that make the grey matter [of the brain] – the cerebral part – work really well.”

Does it have other applications?

Other benefits of the OrbIT system might soon be uncovered.

“We’re very keen to trial it with people who have Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, because we believe it might provide a neuroprotective effect where they can game and use both their hands, and receive signals through their hands at the same time,” says Hobbs.

“So it may have the effect were it can be used as a preventative. But at the moment, we’re seeing it as a rehabilitative intervention for increased and improved hand function.”

If you’d like to know more about the OrbIT system, connect with us and we’ll put you in touch with David. He can also be found on Twitter at @DavidHobbs08.

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Five-day technology event #HybridWorldADL returns to Adelaide in July.

From AR to VR: Lateral Vision Are Virtual Tour Experts

They specialise in exploring place and space.

Lateral Vision, who operate out of Tonsley in Adelaide, combine visuals with technology to create virtual tours, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Starting with Google Street View and capturing virtual tours for businesses, they found clients wanted more – so they developed their own virtual tour software platform. Their recent clients include Great Southern Rail (put on the HoloLens, and you can see the train passing through Australia’s desert from the comfort of your room) and Flinders University (an adventure through the uni).

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Five-day technology event #HybridWorldADL returns to Adelaide in July.

Tonsley In Adelaide Is A Playground For The Tech-Minded

Driverless vehicles, 3D holograms and more.

The garden at Tonsley

Last year’s venue for Hybrid World Adelaide, Tonsley, is a playground for the tech-minded. We caught up with some of the individuals and teams working on game-changing technology in the space, like Lateral Vision’s AR and VR; the Flinders Medical Device Research Institute’s OrbIT accessible gaming system; Voxon Photonic’s 3D holographic displays (no glasses required) and Aurrigo’s driverless pods. And that’s just the beginning.

Keep an eye on our website and social media in the coming days to find out more about each of these projects.

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#HybridWorldADL returns to Adelaide in July. More details about the event can be found here.

Spotlight: Adelaide start-up Rogue Lumens take business exhibitions to the next level

You’re at a business exhibition. Imagine it being an immersive experience, like swimming in a pool, walking in a vineyard, or browsing products on a supermarket shelf – on a nine-by-nine metre wide-screen, wrapped around three walls. It sounds like something you’d find in an art gallery before a business conference, but the corporate world is exactly the space in which start-up Rogue Lumens envision their technology being used.

Rogue Lumens co-founders, Andy Roberts and Greg Matthews, say they want to give companies new tools to communicate their ideas effectively, and make conferences more interesting to attendees.

“We are providing in-booth projection, so turning the walls into screens,” Andy says.

“People can then communicate with dynamic content rather than just static content, which makes it far more interesting for people that are going in and seeing it. And it can be adapted day-to-day, so if you attend a conference on multiple days, it will feel like a different experience, not just groundhog day.”

“If you attend a conference on multiple days, it will feel like a different experience, not just groundhog day.”

Rogue Lumens came in second place at last year’s #HWALAB, and were awarded a share in $85,000 of SA Government grants. Both particularly enjoyed the mentoring workshop.

“The mentoring was fantastic. It was really useful getting the perspectives of these experienced mentors, running our business model in front of them and having people take on a perspective from their experience,” says Greg.

“These were really world-class mentors. Having a conversation with Robert Tercek about your product is a real coup. And Mark Pesce actually made time to catch up and do a one-on-one, even though the schedule didn’t have him doing that. So the investment from these mentors was unbelievable,” adds Andy.

Rogue Lumens have a busy year ahead. They’ve just signed a major client contract with an expo-hire company in Adelaide, and are currently developing a user-friendly website where people can design their own presentations for projection.

“The aspect ratio of the screens is unusual. It’s not that easy to [make a presentation like that] with a standard video editor, or  get them all working together if you want one video wrapping the walls. You can use our product in a web browser, upload your content as you go, and build your presentation and timeline,” explains Greg.

“On the day of the presentation – and this is the important part – it’s a service. It’s all running for you, and you don’t have to lug anything there. The projectors will be set up with the media box there,” he says.

Andy hopes that others who want to be involved in a start-up will take the plunge.

“You’ve got to make a decision to do it. At some point you’re going to have to make a decision and jump,” says Andy.

“This is one of those cases where the experts said it:  it will always take longer and cost more than you think it’s going to. Start getting yourself in a position where you can try some things out. But try it on a small scale; try it as quickly as you can; be brutal with yourself and research it thoroughly. Once you’re absolutely convinced, test it with some people you trust, and then give it a go.”

This year’s #HybridWorldADL will take place in late July in the city of Adelaide. For more details on the #HWALAB, and how to apply, click here.