#1166: SkinScan

Today’s invention is an iPhone app (or equivalent) which provides the user with a visual explanation of the innermost workings of any device against which the phone is held.

This would work only for devices which contained some kind of RFID tag. The phone would sense this and be informed about the relative position and orientation of the two devices.

The phone would then play on its screen an X-ray movie of the guts of the system directly beneath the phone itself -as if a real-time local X-ray were being taken.

One Comment:

  1. On January 29, 2010 3:07 AM, Patrick Andrews wrote:
    Hi Cory,
    Yes I should have realised. This idea is a form of AR. Probably most useful for eg technicians who need to ‘see inside’ some unfamiliar piece of kit. We have done some work on relevant image processing (www.scenereader.com) btw (not based on ANN).

    I guess I was keen to say something about how the handheld would know, in detail, its position and orientation relative to whatever mystery box it was being held next to.

    Do you mind if I post this exchange in the comments on the original post?

    On January 29, 2010 2:49 AM, Cory Geesaman wrote:
    Sorry about that, I’m a coder – AR stands for Augmented Reality. It is a relatively new technology utilizing image recognition and specialized 3d datasets to construct overlays in real time. There are actually a couple solutions for iPhone and much more powerful ones for desktop machines and servers. Surgeons have recently begun adopting it to help see where things are suppose to be without cutting into a person as ultrasound and other scanning mechanisms as overlays to a video display (sort of like a workbench-mounted magnifier – or in some very new cases, via remote operation and a computer controlled robotic arm). Its a pretty exciting technology from what I’ve played with of it.

    -Cory Geesaman

    On January 29, 2010 2:40 AM, Patrick Andrews wrote:
    Hi Cory,
    What’s AR?

    On January 28, 2010 6:15 PM, Cory Geesaman wrote:
    I recently noticed superliminality .net while searching on a strict definition of the word superliminality while working on an ANN. From looking at your site and blog, I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn. Couldn’t #1166 be done with AR instead of RFID?

    – Cory Geesaman

Comments are closed