Feb. 4–6 2015 – CICG, Geneva, Switzerland

Simon Lynen

PhD Student, ETH Zurich Autonomous Systems Lab
Working with Google to help phones and robots see in three dimensions.

Simon Lynen represents Google Tango at Lift15 - with an exciting hands-on workshop and a suitcase full of next-generation devices. As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout almost effortlessly over time. This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other. We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen. The goal of Google Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion. But see for yourself:

Simon is part of the collaboration between Google and ETH Zurich, where he works with robots and drones at the Autonomous Systems Lab, helping to bring the advances in computer vision, dynamic mapping and navigation to your next smartphone - which you can try out at Lift15!

In his workshop, Simon will take the participants on a tour exploring the the potential in this new technology - for very practical uses such indoor navigation, but also for what it enables at the intersection of technology and culture that we so often explore at Lift: advanced three-dimensional storytelling, spatially aware augmented reality, games, visualizations .. and all the amazing ideas Lifters certainly will come up with when playing with the next-generation hardware and software Simon brings to Lift.

And should the workshop be full already: make sure to check out Google Tango in the Lift Experience exhibition!