CEO Vision technology integration concept (Via Keytree)
Augmented reality is transitioning from video conferencing and gaming to business offices with Keytree’s CEO Vision. Sure pie-charts and PowerPoint presentations are effective but augmented reality is much more fun. CEO Vision was designed using a pair of Vuzix (what version Keytree used is unknown) virtual reality glasses along with 2 HD cameras and a Microsoft Kinect to access company data in an augmented reality environment. The system is able to show information such as sales figures, spread sheets and a host of other information by using simple gestures on a ‘management dashboard’.
For instance; you could look at your company’s branch locations on a world map and instantly get annual sales figures and other critical data for those branches respectively. To do this, CEO Vision uses SAP AG’s SAP Hana in-memory database technology which uses system memory instead of disk storage to access data quickly from a Cloud-based service. SAP Hana is a compilation of four separate components that include SAP Hana DB (in-memory database), SAP Hana Studio (modeling tools), SAP Hana Appliance (memory firmware), and SAP Hana Application Cloud (cloud-based infrastructure). The two HD cameras provide the user with a stereoscopic image of an object through which the overlay of information is placed. The Kinect tracks the user and provides the simple gestural interface with the object while the Vuzix glasses in conjunction with SAP Hana provides the user with the augmented reality platform.
Surprisingly, the whole set-up works very smoothly at supplying relevant data while interacting with various objects. The developers state that the CEO Vision system cost around $625 US but have yet to market their AR system on a commercial level. My guess is that companies will be able use Keytree’s new interaction tool sometime in 2013, but that’s only a guess.