Research and Development Projects

DIY Hacking is bolstering the growth of R&D projects in the country by working with students to push their levels of creativity and innovation. We receive enormous support and resources from FabLab Kerala which help in creating advanced prototypes and designs. We work with students and guide them to build on top of open source systems and provide them with a launchpad to exhibit their projects internationally. Our main intention being to help them gain exposure and open up prolific number of opportunities to them. We are trying to change the hackneyed idea of re inventing the wheel, where students try to build the same repetitive academic projects handed over to them by their seniors or on the basis of duplicating existing projects from platforms like IEEE. The projects that we are supporting will be portrayed here.

Augmented Reality Control using Open Hybrid

Open Hybrid

Team members: Mohammed Ibrahim, Ashish Alex, Emil George, Vishnu Prakash, Akshay James

Introduction: The OpenHybrid platform was originally developed by Valentine Huen and Pattie Maes from the Fluid Interfaces group at MIT Media Lab. The platform allows you to directly map a digital interface onto a physical object. It creates a visual representation of the connection and properties by augmenting the functionalities of the hybrid object onto the physical object.
OpenHybrid brings the concept of object oriented programming to physical objects by allowing the user to derive one or more of the required properties from one physical object to another physical object.

In this project, we are exploring and trying to create advanced applications through augmented reality for controlling physical objects as well as to open up the project for more people by porting it to the Open Source Raspberry Pi platform.

What does this project hold for the future?

We operate the physical world with our hands. In 1000s of years we have formed shapes and affordances of objects that we can simply operate with our muscle memory, without using our mind to even think about it. If this present scenario, operating the world with a touch screen, really promises an advantage over the paradigms we used to operate physical things in the past, it has to become as simple as operating a light switch.

As the technological advancements progress further, the number of smart devices will increase with it and the need to efficiently connect the devices and manage the inter connection and interaction between these devices will arise. When the number of devices connected reaches high in number the users will need to memorise all the relations between apps and physical devices or objects, and the users will soon reach his limit to that.

The OpenHybrid acts as an easily manageable graphical interface for the smart devices.
This concept could even be used to remotely control, connect and manipulate how the smart devices work together to achieve automation and coordination on a global scale. For more info on the platform, check out: http://openhybrid.org

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