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MX$ 2,098
pledged of MX$ 404,840pledged of MX$ 404,840 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 9 2018 5:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

Have you ever seen Tony Stark interact with holograms in Iron Man movies? Well, this is not science fiction anymore. I want to introduce you to Waiik, in short, it is a screen floating in the air, just like the holographic screens in sci-fi movies, but this one is just as interactive as your tablet. The evolution of user interfaces is here and we do not want this technology to be only for billionaires and powerful people like Tony Stark, Chancellor Palpatine or Princess Leia. We have been developing this technology for 2 years in order to make it accessible for everyone, that is why we have decided to launch the product on Kickstarter. This is a product that will revolutionize the world and we want the Kickstarter community and the whole world to be part of this revolution.

It's been almost 70 years since science fiction made us feel excited by inviting us to imagine a world full of holograms instead of screens, from the gigantic ad of a shark in Back to the Future, to the design of mechanical parts in holographic screens in Iron Man or holographic communications in Star Wars. The truth is that this technology is not yet part of our lives, not because it is not possible, in fact, this technology has been used in big events, but it is terribly expensive. As engineers, Ph.D.’s and fans of science fiction, our mission was to create a hologram projector accessible to everyone, in which you could run your favorite apps and at the same time developers could use as a new immersion tool for all kinds of software.

Technically speaking, Waiik is a projector in free space; this means you can project images and video without needing a tangible surface, you can literally cut across the projection with your hands. The screen will materialize when you turn on Waiik and it will disappear when you turn it off, it is not a trick – like plastic pyramids – and, unlike holograms created with propellers, you can pass through Waiik's hologram with your hands or interact with it, thanks to a series of sensors placed on top of the device that transform the movements of your hand into interactions with the screen.

The holograms reach a size of 15 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, you only need to connect Waiik to any PC or laptop using the included HDMI and USB cables, turn it on and wait for Waiik to be configured for the first time, the device will be recognized as a touchscreen and you can project any application, image or video game that you can run on your PC or laptop. 

 If you already have a projector at home and want to save money, you can take advantage of it and buy the Waiik Lite version. If you decide on the full version, we will include a DLP projector with Android, WiFi, Bluetooth and 8GB of internal storage. With this projector, you can have a complete holographic experience without having to connect your Waiik to a computer.

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 The hologram projector is made up of two main systems. First, the holographic screen, in which water particles of the size of 10 microns are triggered, generated by the intersection of low power ultrasonic waves. These particles are large enough to absorb the light from a projector besieged in the back of the device, but small enough, at a certain speed, to pass unnoticed by the human eye. Secondly, there is the sensor system, an array of infrared emitters and sensors with a wide-angle lens that translates obstructions from the field of view of the sensors into interactions on an imaginary screen over the device.

To achieve a projection, a medium where the light is absorbed is necessary, it is not possible to create a projection in the air without an absorption medium (at least not safely). To be able to project an image floating in the air we first need to vitiate it with an absorption medium, in this case we use water particles with a size of 10 microns obtained by ultrasonic frequencies and that are completely harmless to the environment, they form a flat screen of less than 3mm thick. The particles of water shoot upwards from the device thanks to two air currents on the sides that form a vacuum screen of less than 3 mm in the middle, the speed is high enough for the particles to pass unnoticed by the human eye. If we just shoot the water particles out, we would have an effect similar to that of a sprinkler, in which the particles do not stay flat, but go out in all directions and our projection would shapeless. The air flow that surrounds the particle screen is controlled to create a laminar flow, this is obtained by dividing the air flow and regulating the speed, to keep a stable Reynolds number.

 Only after a lot of tests on wind tunnel, we have been able to obtain the final design of Waiik, this has been thought to maintain the air flows that surround the screen of particles as laminar as possible, the final design of Waiik takes into account the Bernoulli principle and the Coanda, Venturi and Magnus effects, to create laminar flows tested in the simulator and in the wind tunnel. By keeping the air flows laminar, the particle screen remains laminar as well.

To create water particles of 10 microns is not a coincidence, after extensive research we could find a particle size that has the best properties to create projections in free space; this particle size is as large as to catch a good part of the light of a projector located at the back, and at the same time, it is not as big as to cause condensation. You can put your hand in the middle of the projection as long as you want and moisture will never form around you or in the room where Waiik is located.

To create the effect of a touch screen floating in the air we use an array of infrared sensors and emitters that measure less than 5 mm in thickness, each emitter is provided with a wide-angle lens, which allows us to detect that when an object crosses the area illuminated by infrared emitters, it is perceived by several sensors; solving the problem of stereoscopy for multiple cameras by numerical optimization, we can approximate the position where the user has carried out an interaction. By implementing tracking techniques, we can improve the interaction and discern between the gestures that the user carries out, resulting in an interaction similar to that of any Tablet, but in the middle of the air.

All the research and experimentation to create Waiik has been really fun, but our goal is not to have a product that only works in the laboratory, we had to try it in real life and we did it in a big way. During the CES of Las Vegas, the Hannover Messe in Germany and the World Maker Faire in New York, Waiik has been exposed to the public, working 8 continuous hours for several days, creating a great impact among the public.

The Kickstarter community is very important to us, so we want to deliver benefits that will not be available in stores.

 Take advantage of all your knowledge in Android to create the first holographic apps, Waiik works as a touch screen so you can develop APPS as you have done so far, but it is important to follow the design and interactivity guides that we will provide in the WaiiKlub, to be able to create applications that look and feel great when projected in a hologram. You will also have access to the entire list of gestures and the SDK to modify them and create your own gestures and interactions, in a few words, you will be the first to develop applications such as those in science fiction.

Risks and challenges

Phort Technologies has developed and tested this technology during the last 2 years, it has been exhibited in the most important technology fairs around the world, allowing users to interact directly with our prototypes, these have still been built in the retail but we are ready to start the mass production. Due to this, we believe that the risk to which our donors would be exposed to once the campaign is funded is minimal.

Waiik is our first holographic device, but we have great experience in the area of augmented reality, our startup has been able to invest in the development of this project thanks to the fact that we have developed multiple augmented reality software products with government and private companies, moreover, we already have been funded in a first round for $ 100,000.

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