In our company blog, we’ve always given YDreams’ projects plenty of airtime, often forgetting what helps to make these projects great: their solutions.
YDreams has been pioneering gesture-based, Augmented Reality natural-user interfaces since the early noughties. Interfaces and solutions it developed into turnkey products, and are highlighted on the company’s Products website: http://www.ydreams.com/products/
Below we wanted to highlight two of our most popular products:
The latest example of innovation YDreams brought to the traditional museum concept, as interactive technologies provider, is the Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center, developed in collaboration with Spanish firms CYAN Animática and GPD, and led by New York-based Ralph Applebaum Associates.
YDreams’ role in the project was to help redefine the way visitors interact with some of the historical content in the museum space. The museum, based on the most recent museological concepts, aims to meet three major goals: to draw visitors’ attention through its original architecture and technological innovation; to evidence the characteristics of Jewish identity through a vast collection of items; and to present an empirical approach to the Holocaust based on survivors’ testimonials.
YDreams’ interactive Barrel solution
“In our role as technology partners, we were responsible for implementing various applications that enable guests to the museum to interact with history” explains Miguel Remédio, YDreams Founder and Head of International Operations. “Once more we were able to help redefine the way people apprehend information and acquire knowledge by resorting to every day acts such as sitting down at a café table for a chat with a virtual historical figure”.
Conceived in collaboration with Bradesco Bank, and designed by YDreams, the premise for the bank was entirely based on interactivity and technology, and how these elements would facilitate daily client-bank relations and optimize time.
The space has been opening to the public at Shopping Iguatemi JK in São Paulo, Brazil since late August 2012. Below some pics of visitors and clients exploring the space:
Client Multiplan, one of the largest shopping center management groups in Brazil, is putting in an appearance at the Expo Shopping Abrasce 2012 trade show in São Paulo – one of the largest in its sector in all Latin America.
The Multiplan booth features several YDreams interactive solutions that include a graphically rich video wall for displaying multimedia content and information about the company, an interactive surface table with a plethora of info on each of the group’s shopping centers plus a fun memory quiz, and a very cool app that lets guests explore several shopping center images in 360º using special eye-wear that controls image navigation via head movements, complemented by a virtual menu explored using simple hand movements as well.
Natural-user interaction specialist YDreams got together with Lisbon City Halland Lisbon’s Tourism Association and several other technological partners to create the Lisboa Story Center. The interactive technology–based exhibition, inaugurated today, opens to the general public September 12, 2012 and will retell the history of the city by allying technology with historical facts and anecdotes.
Located in the heart of the recently refurbished Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square), the Lisboa Story Center covers two-thousand square meters; YDreams technology and design decks the halls of one of the center’s rooms treating visitors to an hour-long journey through the history of the city (starting with the city’s founding up until the April 25th, 1974 revolution).
According to Filipe Vasconcellos, YDreams’ Global Managing Director, “the objective of the project was to create a form of interaction with visitors to the city but also a special connection with native Lisboners. Using YDreams’ cutting edge technologies was a singular way to show guests the changes the ancient city has experienced across the centuries, making the city into what it is today.”
The interactive technologies enable visitors to experience, for example amongst others, the scents of the spice trade that fueled the Portuguese maritime expansion, a model of pre-Pombaline Lisbon offering a unique look into what the city was like before the destructive 1755 earthquake, but above all a better understanding and contextualization of the city heritage on display.
Surgeons are often faced with strict restrictions in the operating room when it comes to manipulating medical imaging because their hands need to be as sterile as possible. Up until now, to access and manipulate exams, doctors had to use a mouse or keyboard, which required they go through the sterilization process once more, or instruct third parties in manipulating the medical imaging for them.
As a pioneer in the area of Natural User Interfaces, YDreams joined forces with Lisbon’s Hospital de Santa Maria’s Department of Neurosurgery to develop a system capable of solving the problem of medical imaging manipulation in the operating room’s aseptic environment.
YScope is designed to fluidly integrate the use of doctor-computer devices in the operating room. The application was developed in response to the need surgeons have to manipulate medical imaging without having to touch any devices thereby allowing their hands to remain sterile, maintain a greater focus of attention and have greater response times.
Using a set of gestures designed to correspond to ergonomic conditioning, the surgeon can execute all the necessary steps required to view and manipulate medical imaging during a surgery.
Previous experimental applications with a similar objective focused exclusively on manipulating pre-selected medical imaging; YScope goes one step further by efficiently integrating with the hospital’s IT infrastructure, allowing the surgeon to search its PAC (Picture Archiving and Communication System) server and upload the desired exams.
Natural gestures enable the surgeon to upload new exams and select subsets at any time during the surgery. Selected images may be manipulated by zooming in and out, rotating them, taking measurements, adjusting the brightness and contrast, amongst other functionalities.
YScope is the result of a commercial and scientific partnership between the hospital and YDreams. Operational testing in one of the Neurosurgery block’s operating rooms at the hospital will begin shortly after the official presentation on July 27th. Plans to extend the technology to other operating rooms and specialties are being analyzed.
Rio de Janeiro’s 1st Nave do Conhecimento (Knowledge Vessel), commissioned by the city municipality opened its doors to the public this past Friday, June 1st. Powered by numerous interactive YDreams technologies such as multi-touch tables, touch kiosks and gesture-based projections, the vessel is located in Rio’s Santa Cruz neighborhood (the city’s west end). Its goal is to offer the local population easier access to culture and information technologies via free internet, free workshops and courses in information technology.
Intel Brazil also participated in the project by developing a course catered to the needs of Nave do Conhecimento’s future users. Dubbed Programa Intel Aprender (Intel Learn Program), the program was designed to teach and foster the basic concepts and building blocks behind entrepreneurism, thereby demonstrating how technology can be used to turn an idea into reality in the world of business.
In addition to the Santa Cruz Nave do Conhecimento, four new “Knowledge Vessels” are being built throughout Rio de Janeiro. When completed all will be part of a knowledge network overseen by Praça do Conhecimento (Plaza of Knowledge), a 1000 sq meter “mother ship” that should be up and running by the end of this year.
Very impressive glimpse at the very close future of gesture-control systems!
“Gesture control as we know it is rudimentary at best. But a new San Francisco startup called Leap Motion has just announced a new 3D motion control system that its claims is 200 times more accurate than anything else on the market—and it’s set to cost just $70.” Click here to read full article (source: Gizmodo)
YDreams combined their tech and design acumen to revamp Sensorium, a solution that used a gesture-based interface to allow shoppers to select the fragrance best suited to them.
The newly designed Scentlab uses a similar concept: people answer a series of lifestyle questions that will help determine their ideal fragrance; however, the interface now sports a sleeker design with touch screens that are better integrated into elegant totems and displays at high-end department stores and cosmetics shops.
Below, a few images of the new app deployed at shops across Europe:
Example of questions asked to help determine best fragrance