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Research areas

Recently I have been researching areas related to my project. These areas include: Online & Virtual communication Augmented reality Emigration statistics Gesture and Body based interaction. I have gathered academic resources from the college library, Google scholar, the ACM digital library, IEEE website etc. These have all provided excellent papers, articles, books and case studies. After meeting my supervisor, she was happy with my progress. She pointed out to me that I have been researching augmented reality as well as mixed reality and that I need to position myself on one or the other. After researching the both areas I believe mixed reality is where my project belongs. Mixed reality encompassing both augmented reality and augmented virtuality. Thisrefers to the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualisations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time. I intend to have the background of the user incorporated into the 3D environment. I was also pointed in the direction forms of communication from a HCI and CSCW point of view in the home. With these topics in mind its time to start the first draft of the initial two chapters of my Thesis. augmented Scridb filter

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Setbacks

I have been researching other projects that have achieved something similar to my idea. Here is an official video from playstation describing how the move.me SDK works. This video made me very excited to say the least. I have been afraid to purchase the move and eye with out full confirmation that it has the abilities I am looking for. Also to download the move.me SDK is $100 which is a large sum of money to a student. This cost is not including the PS move starter pack. after following instructions from the PS site I logged onto the Playstation Network to view the move.me application. After an hour of searching I began to panic, realizing that Sony may have released this in the US only (Typical). I discovered from the European Playstation site that it was only released on the 12th of February this year. So at least it should be available to me. Alas I cannot find the download anywhere. There are massive discussions online about this. I’m shocked that a company as large as Sony would announce a release date with no information regarding the failure to follow through with this. Here is the link to the Irish PS site with the release date, all information including the manual. I have emailed the support team for information regarding the release date. I will post what information they give me. This has pushed me to look for solutions in other technologies. I initially had chosen the xBox Kinect as the tracking camera system. The Kinect doesn’t have the competency to track a person in 3D space as well as the PS move and this is why I changed my mind in the first place. I have found a project that someone has managed to move in 3d space using XNA and the Kinect SDK. If I do not get a reply from Sony soon I will be changing to the Kinect. Unfortunately I do not have the luxury of time. Also Unity has an easier integration for the Kinect over the Move.   Scridb filter

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Getting Organized

On Wednesday I met my supervisor who advised me to start managing my research content. By doing this early on I will be able to access information I have collected fast and efficiently. To tackle this I have set up a Delicious account. Here I can bookmark links I have found that are relevant and organize them into stacks. My account can be viewed here. I also have began writing up the thesis. I have labeled all sections that are required and for now I will put information that I think will fit into the section and its reference to keep me on track so I’m not searching for information that I have found months prior. I have been researching the possibility of integrating the move.me SDK with Unity. I have found a number of documentation that supports it such as this wiki for example. Now what worries me is the fact there is no native plugin for Unity. I created an account with the Unity Answers Community and I have been inquiring about this subject. I have found a plugin for the Move called uniMove but it is only available for mac. I have emailed the author of the wiki for further information. Scridb filter

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