Experimental headsets are changing how we see the world, either by creating the virtual worlds of our imaginations, like the Oculus Rift, or adding ghostly layers on top of the real world, like Google Glass. At the LEAP.AXLR8R, Team GetVu’s which comprised Computer Science Engineering students Santhosh, MeenakshiSundaram and Rakesh, along with Shriram K Vasudevan, Assistant Professor as the guide from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore was the only team from Asia to qualify for the mega seed funding event held at Silicon valley of USA.
GetVu’s brings an augmented reality platform where 3D applications appear to exist in real space, amongst real objects and to have a natural interaction with hands.
At the same time, GetVu aims to bring a new level of control to augmented reality with Leap Motion technology. Instead of using voice controls to indirectly interact with a virtual object, you could reach out and move it around with your hands.
Unlike other AR headsets that use translucent holographic displays, GetVu’s technology allows for fully realized 3D application that you can’t see through. On the hardware front, since the existing GetVu prototype is built on the Android platform, you can slide any Android phone into the headset and connect it to the Leap Motion Controller. GetVu is targeting to build its own hard platform as well on the entirety. Team’s work was much appreciated by legends in the technology world such as John Underkoffler (Co-founder of Oblong industries, designer of movie Minority report and many), Philip Rosedale (Creator of Second life), and Patrick Lee (Founder of Rotten Tomatoes). The Amrita team also unveiled the product to the world in the Augmented World Expo - 2014 at Santa Clara convention centre, California with the likes of Microsoft, Intel, Nvidia, qualcomm etc.