J-Fall 2017 Martin Förtsch & Thomas Endres – Project Avatar

Using humanoid robots, virtual reality glasses and 3D camera sensors you can experience the world through the eyes of a robot and control it via gestures. The hardware hacking team of TNG Technology Consulting has built a telepresence robotics system based on a NAO robot, an Oculus Rift and a Kinect One. Using these components you can realize an immersive “out-of-body experience” – similar to that of the film “Avatar”.

This talk shows how easy it is to program the robot using Java. We will do this by some live coding examples. Following a live demonstration of the showcase we will guide you through the complete program flow of the telepresence system. The speakers will share some insights about the challenges they faced during its implementation. The history of telepresence robotics, current trends and examples for real world fields of application will also be focused.

Bio Martin Förtsch:
Martin Förtsch studied computer science and is working as a software consultant for the IT consulting company TNG Technology Consulting GmbH based in Unterfoehring near Munich (Germany). Workwise his focus areas are Agile Development (mainly) in Java, Search Engine Technologies, Information Retrieval and Databases. As an Intel Software Innovator, Intel Black Belt Software Developer and Oracle JavaOne Rockstar he is strongly involved in the development of open-source software for gesture control with 3D-cameras like e.g. Intel RealSense and has built an Augmented Reality wearable prototype device based on this technology. Furthermore he gives many talks on national and international conferences about Internet of Things, 3D-camera technologies, Augmented Reality, Robotics and Test Driven Development as well. He is an author for the technical blog ParrotsOnJava.com

Bio Thomas Endres:
Martin Förtsch studied computer science and is working as a software consultant for the IT consulting company TNG Technology Consulting GmbH based in Unterfoehring near Munich (Germany). Workwise his focus areas are Agile Development (mainly) in Java, Search Engine Technologies, Information Retrieval and Databases. As an Intel Software Innovator, Intel Black Belt Software Developer and Oracle JavaOne Rockstar he is strongly involved in the development of open-source software for gesture control with 3D-cameras like e.g. Intel RealSense and has built an Augmented Reality wearable prototype device based on this technology. Furthermore he gives many talks on national and international conferences about Internet of Things, 3D-camera technologies, Augmented Reality, Robotics and Test Driven Development as well. He is an author for the technical blog ParrotsOnJava.com

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