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Third Eye
Idea

At the moment, many manufacturers offer a wide range of thermal imagers, but very expensive or very cumbersome, and sometimes simultaneously. The idea of the project, which could easily interact with any smartphone.

Third Eye module

Especially for this purpose, a device was developed that allows you to interact with any portable equipment via Wi-Fi. The module is universal, has its own battery and does not require a wired connection, which allows you to use the same device on iOS and Android platforms.

The Third Eye module is equipped with a matrix of 120 by 160 pixels. This matrix gives a good picture, but to increase the detail used specific algorithms and built-in smartphone camera. The output is quite informative image.

Applying

The device itself was conceived as a simple and effective solution for search and rescue operations, construction, hunting. Especially for this in the application, you can change the image processing options from the thermal imager, highlight the contours of the objects of interest and highlight the objects in the interesting temperature range.

At the moment the application is ported to VR-glasses, which will make it possible not to be distracted by the smartphone. The image on the glasses will simply be supplemented with information from the thermal imager.

iOS

To ensure the work with the module, I developed an application for the iOS platform. The application is supported by the devices of all the most common versions. Works both on a fairly old version of iOS 8.0, and on the very latest. Also, the application works fine both in portrait and landscape versions. The application was originally developed for both iPhone and iPad.

During the project, we managed to work with the powerful library for image analysis and recognition - OpenCV. The most difficult task was to optimize all calculations and synchronize the threads. There were also several non-standard tasks, for example, how to capture an image from a camera without playing a shutter sound, working with Sockets.

Currently the application is available in the Apple Store.

Android

As a client for the Third Eye module for this platform, I developed a universal application that is compatible with Android 4.0 and higher. The application works fine both in portrait and landscape versions.

During the project, we managed to work with OpenGL. The most difficult task was to obtain contours of objects in the image. There were also several non-standard tasks, such as debugging and bug detection in JavaSDK and Sockets.

The app is available on Google Play.

Google Glass

Some customers were not comfortable using the device because of the constant need to keep the smartphone in their hands. To simplify the interaction with the module Third Eye, it was decided to develop an application for Google Glass. Because the glasses use Android as the operating system, porting did not take long. The kernel application was ported effortlessly, it was only necessary to adapt the application management, and change the interface in accordance with the recommendations of Google.

Also, a special mount was developed, which allows you to hold the Third Eye module on the eyelet. Since it is difficult to remove the exact size of the glasses, it was decided to use a 3D scanner to recreate the exact dimensions, as well as a 3D printer for prototyping the mount.

At the moment, the application is available in the official Google Glass application catalog, which greatly simplifies installation and configuration.

Sony SmartEyeglass

During the project, a proposal was made to port the application to the prototype of the augmented reality glasses from Sony. To do this, we had to significantly rework the application. When interacting with SmartEyeglass, the phone acts as a server, and the glasses themselves are a display. The application itself is an intermediary between the Third Eye module and the SmartEyeglass glasses.

The smartphone receives information from the thermal imaging module, then the raw data is converted into a picture. In the future, the resulting picture is transmitted and rendered on the SmartEyeglass glasses.

At the moment, the application is available in the Google Play catalog.