Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Demo reel for OoBI applications !..

Demo reel of OoBI applications from arun yashwant on Vimeo.

OoBI displayed during HCI-iDiD 2010 conference !

After the overwhelming response during Techfest 2010, we displayed the OoBi during HCI-India- IDID conference ( at IIT Bombay.

And here too , we had a really good time and got very encouraging response from the conference participants... Here are some snaps of the participants engaged with OoBi ..

Specially the foreign audience found the Fully filmy very interesting as they knew a bit about Bollywood (mostly through Slumdog millionaire i guess :P) and had lot of fun playing with it...

Some were not willing to leave the place :)

While some repeatedly visited, hoping we will add more contents....

Amongst the other interesting projects showcased during the conference, was the " Interactive tangible learning medium for non lettered" done by Ruchika Mittal (M.Des Interaction design, IDC 2008-10). Idea was to use the tangible objects(letter forms) on a common platform, which would act as triggers to audio-visual outputs that describe the letter form and combination of letter forms .

Another interesting project was the RFID tag based display done by Interaction design students batch 2008-10. Idea was each participant's info was coded in their ID' cards and when they came nearer to this display, the info was displayed along with their interests. People with common interests were matched and linked visually, as shown in the image.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

OOBI rocks Techfest 2010 !

So folks now its the showtime....The multitouch wall has been built and tested and put up for display during Techfest 2010 under 'Scintillations' exhibitions
We also had put our previous table 'OOBi Beta' alongwith the wall under the umbrella of 'OOBi - IDC , IIT Bombay'.

Here is the photo journey of the event. Enjoy :)

The Scintillations venue (SAC,IIT Bombay)

Our OOBI-IDC stall....

MT Wall:
The MT Wall pulling the crowd...
We played open source applications like Ripples and Smoke.....

Watch the video

OOBI Multitouch Wall from arun yashwant on Vimeo.

Fully Filmy:
Kumar and Atish has come up with a an interesting application called 'Fully Filmy' with which you can browse information of your favorite bollywood actor & actress. (

OOBi- beta loaded with Fully Filmy

Audience engaged with 'Fully Filmy' :)

Some of the fun moments were when people fought amongst themselves over which actor/actress to choose & it was indeed difficult to control the crowd (as the app was designed to be used by two persons at a time).... though Kareena seemed to be a hot favourite :P

The OOBi makers :)

Our boys having fun ...Yagnesh & Shaant trying to generate 'minority report' like effects :P

We also had a oppurtunity to meet Vivian from UK (also a member of NUI community) who displayed his 'Mezatop' during the exhibition.

So all in all, amongst the many hiccups like crowd overflow, heavy ambient light, camera & laser damage etc; we managed to pull off a good show and got a very positive & encouraging response from the crowd. And we hope to continue our momentum.. and very much like you all to be part of it..

Enjoy and be posted.

~ Team OOBi
(Dnt forget to watch OOBi- Fully Filmy in our next blog)

Fully Filmy!!

Hi folks...
Last blog we talked about the new app 'Fully Filmy' and here are the details:

'Fully filmy' is a multitouch based application designed & devloped by OOBi team. The app is essentially a fun way to browse the information about your favourite Bollywood stars.

The main screen shows two scroll wheels one each for actors and actresses who form the spokes of the wheels.
(Currently the spokes are static in terms of numbers, but we are planning to make mode dynamic...)

The idea is, as you move, rotate the scroll wheels and form a pair of actor & actress by matching them together, you will get links to the movies they have done together (right now just one link per pair is available).

As you click on the links, detailed information about that movie is displayed in form of images(wallpapers, posters), songs & videos (trailers) and users can browse it using multi touch gestures like zoom,pan, rotate etc.

Here is the video of our early prototypes shown during Techfest 2010.
Video of Fully Filmy

Fully Filmy.... from arun yashwant on Vimeo

Areas of improvement:
  • Currently the app supports fixed & limited content, which further we are planning to make more dynamic , as in everytime you match a pair you will get new information .
  • Also we content wise we'll go beyond images & movies and try to provide small subapps relevant to each pair.
  • Support more than 2 users and make it a large scale app that can be displayed over MT wall

So shall updated you more on this ..
Stay tuned and enjoy

~ Team OOBi

Multitouch Wall in making...

After the successful display of OOBi beta during Sustainability conference in Nov 2009, we decided to go BIG and create a bigger multitouch display. So we planned to build a Multitouch wall [1.6m x 0.9 m] to be displayed during Techfest 2010 at IIT Bombay. We decided to use Laser Light Plane method.

Here is how we constructed the wall:
This is the rear projection screen sandwiched among glass layers.

Screen and frame assembly.

Finally our frame & stand is ready, for laser testing.
The major hassle during the project was alignment of lasers, which eventually we got correct after lot of efforts.

And here we have the first application tested which was water ripples ...believe me it feels so good to touch on so big wall ... :P

Finally we had set up the Wall for Techfest Scintillations and got very good response from audience. (Details in the next blog.)

The whole project has been a lot of hard of hard work, trials n errors but more importantly 'Fun' .. We had gud support from lot of friends this time.. just a little vote of thanks :

Thanks a lot to

-Mr. Dharmenra for framework & immediate support at last moment

- Bonney,Kunal, Sumedh, Mehek for frame building.

-Bonney,Shant,CP, Sumedh,Ishneet for setting up the wall during Techfest exhibition (It was quite tiresome work to set up whole system at the venue and take back the items to IDC for each day of the event....Kudos to you guys!)

-Atish, Kumar for Fully Filmy and hosting the display

-Anirudha, Saurabh (NUI members) for their help & suggestions

-Abhishek for his Poster

- rest of all those who helped directly/indirectly

above all to Prof Ravi Poovaiah for his constant encouragement & support

Enjoy the next blog. Will keep you updated.

~Arun, Saurav