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RMIT’s new in-car entertainment system


Shafkat Shahzad - Senior Technical Content ManagerThe article will provide a reader with latest news on RMIT’s new in-car entertainment system.
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia and Germany are developing an in-car entertainment system that aims to solve the age-old “Are we nearly there yet?” problem with the aid of motion controls and holographic displays.

Tentatively titled Enjoyable Interactions in the Rear Seat, the project will attempt to mix holographic displays and off-the-shelf motion sensing technology similar to gaming systems like the Microsoft Kinect and the Nintendo Wii to create a variety of rear-seat applications designed for use on long car trips by both adults and children.
This will bring fun in driving as it will open ways to entertain people during the journey itself. This is so that they focus less on reaching their destination quicker and more on enjoying the car itself.

The system would use a combination of sensors built into the rear seat armrests and screens built into the backrests to create three-dimensional images controlled purely by upper-body gestures. Dr Steffen Walz, director of RMIT’s Games and Experimental Entertainment Laboratory (GEElab), says the idea for the project came from looking at cars. Walz also envisions a range of applications for the system, from motion-controlled video games to office programs that would allow passengers to check email and perform video calls without a keyboard or any kind of remote control. The system could also be used for social applications, educational programs that teach children about their immediate surroundings. These applications would provide educational and social benefits for children.

In order to encourage communication and interaction between families, as well as educating children, it is advised to develop educational applications to allow parents in the front seat to set tasks that require a combination of real-world and virtual puzzle-solving and interaction.

Currently there are no plans to commercialise the prototype, Walz estimates the system could start appearing in passenger cars in the next five years. The technology like this takes a long time to develop. In an ideal world, this kind of in-car system will revolutionise driving and even help fix things like car sickness.

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