Due to technological advancements we are slowly turning ourselves from materialistic culture to virtual reality culture. Rachna Bagde, a 20 year old M-Tech student has taken this step ahead by one of a kind integration of Gesture Recognition Technology and Virtual Reality, built to experience VR content without Hardware.She originally hails from Nagpur, and is a fourth year student at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Gwalior, pursuing a dual degree course in Information Technology. Rachna has named her discovery as ‘G for Gestures’, which was originally a college project idea attempting to achieve the concept of controlling a virtual environment through hand gestures. After the successful implementation she learnt huge potential of this technology. She launched her first full-fledged VR product for five star hotel suites called ‘The Hotel Suite Virtual Tour’.
“A body sensor is used, with a user standing in front of the sensor and moving his hands with some natural gestures, and being enabled to move in the virtual world. The user is able to take a virtual tour of all the available suites of the hotel. He or she may explore the interior, travel through different rooms, experience the outside view, and truly get the essence of the suite before arriving at a decision,” she says.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
The clients software get developed by G for Gestures that is installed in the system with the license. In addition, they get the Kinect Sensor and the 3-D virtual world content as per their requirements. “The sensor is usually placed in front of the display screen, so that the user can stand in the range of 0.8m to 5m in order to allow the sensor to properly track the body and gestures. The sensors are made available by Microsoft for commercial use. Setting up the system and maintaining it over the long run is an add-on service from us,” says Rachana. The starting price of this product is Rs. 60,000 and increase as per the customization. As of now her target is hotel industry, Special five Star hotels. She will be soon moving to Automobile industry as similar products are already in use there.
GRABBING INVESTORS ATTENTION
20-year-old is a Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence enthusiast. She kept exploring Gesture technology and one day came up with an idea of connecting Gesture Technology and Virtual Reality. Rachna pitched her idea to the investors by putting a post in The Rodhinhoods. “An angel investor based out of Melbourne, Jatin Shah, decided to fund it on the condition that a company be launched after successful implementation of the concept. We are almost done with the process of launching a company,” she says. Gesture technology is a growing one and expected to reach $22 billion in India by 2020.
COMPETITION AND FUTURE PLANS
India has seen quite a few VR ventures in the last few years. The Fluid motion, is doing a similar kind of work but it doesn’t allow user to travel in the virtual world, but to just control the virtual world through hand gestures in basic manner.“We aim at offering the technology in various domains with a creative approach. We are also working on its applications in interactive product launches, automotive displays and advertising for now, along with the entertainment sector,” shares Rachana. She wants to extend to various domains possible so as to make G for Gestures the Best Virtual Reality service producer in India, allowing users to see the world through their hand gestures.