Research and Development Projects

DIY Hacking is bolstering the growth of R&D projects around the world 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 goal is to help them gain exposure and open up new opportunities for 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 teachers or duplicating existing projects from platforms like IEEE. The projects that we are supporting are shown below.

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 the 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 to control physical objects as well as opening 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 in the physical world with our hands. In thousands of years, we have formed shapes and affordances of objects that we can simply operate with our muscle memory, without even thinking 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 objects in the past, it has to become as simple as flipping a light switch.

As technological advancements progress further, the number of smart devices will increase with it and the need to efficiently connect these devices will rise. OpenHybrid acts as an easily manageable graphical interface for smart devices. This concept can 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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