I have been neglecting this site for the past couple of months, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been active… I have been so busy working on a million different projects, and have resorted to microblogging (twitter) to keep everyone updated. This past fall, I got a lot of attention for working on the “Touchdroid” team on porting Android to the HP Touchpad, and while that didn’ get too far and instead evolved into the Cyanogen Mod touchpad port, I still had a fun time working on that and working with a mostly great team of people.
In other news, I have also been working on a ton of other things, and I am entered in the MIT Soldier Design Competition again, and the Thiel Foundation’s 20 under 20 program with my friend Steven Richards on some really awesome (secret) technology.
Now for the juicy part: For a little over a month, I have been working with Epson on a new Wearable Computing/Augmented Reality device, called the Epson Moverio BT-100 that allows you to basically wear an Android device on your head, and you see the display through a transparent head mounted display, which simulates a large (~80″ from 10ft) display. It is pretty sharp, and while a bit bulky is a wicked awesome device to use. One of the first big things I have done with the device is to use it to control the Parrot ARDrone, which is a really amazing experience as you can both physically see the drone and its/your environment, plus see the two cameras that are on the drone. While the actual control is still a bit funky, I plan on fine tuning it for the Moverio… Here’s a quick video that I made (sorry for the quality, really bad camera)
Now here’s the cool part: Epson is looking for Android developers that want to develop for the device… make sure to check out the main Epson Moverio website to apply for developer access, and make sure to mention me (Thomas Sohmers)… this is truly revolutionary technology, and I can’t wait for this to get out to fellow developers, and eventually the general public. Just as the Personal Computer revolutionized the “conventional” big business computers of the time, and how mobile (smart) phones are revolutionizing the personal computer, these glasses and their future generations are going to make the computing experience even more personal and “genuine”. Welcome, to the next computer revolution.