MediaTouch is partner of the innovative “Digital Ocean Project”.
The project, financed by the European 7th Framework Program was successfully completed at the end of 2012
- Online virtual exploration and 3D reconstruction of diving sites for enthusiast scubadivers
- Learning on line and discovering beauties of underwater marine flora and fauna
- Playing underwater video games even though an aquatic console
- Distant Teleoperating of submersible devices
Integrated multimedia mixed reality system, of real time virtual diving, by web teleoperated underwater data collecting robots, diffused online and through a network of submersible simulation devices. The visionary objective of Digital Ocean is to “open to people connected to the internet, an access to ocean depths, at anytime, anywhere.”
There is a sense of urgency about offering to the public, ways to discover by themselves, how oceans – earth’s fragile life support system, are being irreversibly impoverished. New technologies are now capable of challenging traditional scuba diving by creating an innovative form of diving, based on science and technology, not on bravery – virtual diving in real time. Navigating freely in the oceanic realm, a dream rooted on man’s origins, is now accessible to all.
Smart autonomous robots are used to collect underwater digital data that generate sceneries of undersea in 3D interactive imagery. To further enhance virtual diving experience, are integrated in the system a serious video game, a wiki-editing and e-learning platforms, linked with marine specialists.
Digital Ocean aims to combine proven technologies from specialities such as robotics, electronics, information and communication technologies, submarine acoustics, with cutting edge technology such as underwater mixed and augmented reality or teleoperatation of underwater robots through the web.
People at home, on the move with their mobiles, or on pools and beaches – using dedicated submersible simulation devices, will be able to experience multisensory diving, on those distant sites.
“The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program managed by REA – Research Executive Agency ([FP7/2007-2013][FP7/2007-2011]) under grant agreement n° 262160”
AWARE: Ageing Workforce towards an Active Retirement
The AWARE project aims at developing an effective solution at the European level for social inclusion of elderly people and at preparing older workers for transition to retirement.
This objective will be achieved by providing skills in the use of ICTs for social participation and an ICT-based tool that can enable social interaction of both groups in order to promote an active aging and to fight against consequences that could arise after retirement, such as depression, loneliness and isolation.
The platform developed in the AWARE project will be a social network with three modules integrated:
- Environment adaptation module
- Sharing knowledge module
- ICT approach module
The advantages and benefits expected from the development of a platform with the described features are the following ones:
- Maintain the elder person active after retirement, hence promoting an active ageing.
- Create web communities of retired workers to share experience, skills and expertise.
- Respond to current trends of the Ageing workforce, by maintaining mentally and economically active the elder person.
- Support the companies during the whole retirement process. The benefits derived from the implementation of this technology will result in the possibility of improving expertise transfer as well as maintaining the relationship with the retired worker.
The project is funded by the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Joint Programme and the national funding authorities of Spain, Germany, Italy and UK.