I put on Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit and taught a robot to dance


But there are more interesting uses for this full-body motion capture suit
Doing the robot in the HoloSuit

At the 2018 Augmented World Expo, tucked away at the back of the Santa Clara Convention Center, a very small robot was learning to dance. I know so because I was the one teaching it, simply by flailing my limbs around and having it mirror my movements. I was literally doing the robot.

This was all happening because of a (slightly-too-small) jacket on my back called the HoloSuit, which was covered in sensors. These sensors tracked every movement and relayed that information to a tiny robot stood nearby, doing its best to pop and groove in time.

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The HoloSuit, created by Kaaya Tech, is actually three bits of clothing that can be worn separately or combined: a jacket, some gloves and a pair of pants. There are two versions of the full-body suit, one with 26 sensors and a more high-end version with a total of 36 sensors scattered across the jacket gloves and pants. Even 26 is a lot when you compare it to other motion capture bodysuits; 36 should make for some pretty incredible precision.

Both suits also have nine haptic feedback sensors, and buttons on the hands, opening up a host of other possibilities beyond motion capture.

For example, Kaaya CEO Harsha Kikkeri showed me a video animation of someone in a submarine launching torpedoes at an unseen enemy. Going from dancing robots to literal war was quite an escalation, but it illustrated the varied spectrum of possible use cases. It’s not easy to train inside submarines, but the HoloSuit could be a way to simulate that environment, training people as if they were helming a sub beneath the depths.

The HoloSuit

Or, it could be used to improve your golf swing. The suit could essentially replace a coach, using haptic signals to shake out your bad habits. As Kikkeri explained, you could then take the suit to the golf course and have it track your performance, giving you insight into your performance after.

It may find a use for manual labor jobs to alert employees when they’re putting themselves in physical danger – or maybe for controlling robots sent into burning buildings. There are a lot of possibilities, including plenty of applications in VR and AR. Immediately I thought about using this as a full-body virtual reality controller.

Harsha Kikkeri knows a thing or two about robots: he was a robotics software engineer for Microsoft for several years. Now he’s applying that expertise to humans, and the results are promising. The HoloSuit seemed very precise in my demo, even though I was only using the jacket part. Kikkeri then put on his own jacket showed me a computer character on the screen tracking his movements with even more exactness than the robot did.

The HoloSuit is now on Kickstarter gathering funds, with an aim to ship the suit in November. Kaaya is offering all the parta a la carte, but the full suit starts at $799.


By | 2018-06-10T06:52:02+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Events, HoloSuit Demo, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on I put on Kaaya Tech’s HoloSuit and taught a robot to dance

Augmented World Expo is back, and we’ve got prizes and tickets to give away

Augmented World Expo, the massive augmented reality and virtual reality conference and expo, is back for another year. The show takes place 30 May – 1 June at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley – and we’ve got a bunch of stuff to give away.

Interested? We’ve got two all-day passes to give away. Plus, all Wareable readers get a $100 discount on passes for the Friday – all you need to do is to head here and use the code WAREABLE49.

We’re also giving one lucky reader a brand new HoloSuit. The HoloSuit is a full-body motion capture suit for virtual reality, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in VR. It’ll be on sale later in the year, but if you enter our competition you could be the first to get your hands on one for free.

So how do you win? Just follow us on Twitter at @wareable and tweet us the answer to the question below. Winners will be chosen and notified by direct message.

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If you want to learn more you can head over to the Augmented World Expo site, where you’ll also find a full list of the exhibitors set for this year’s show



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