Working at Think Active Labs…
I am a Director at Think Active Labs, with experience in embedded sensing, sensor fusion and gestural interaction. I work with broadcasters (BBC, Hawk-Eye Technologies), football clubs (Newcastle United) and charity fitness programmes.
Media of Things
Media of Things (MoT) is a tool for on-location media productions. MoT enables practical and flexible generation of sensor based point-of-capture metadata. Exploring how embedded ubiquitous sensing technologies such as the Internet of Things can be leveraged to produce context rich, time sequenced metadata in a production studio.
My research project focussed on coordination of streamers pre- and during an event, allowing streamers to volunteer coverage of a particular event as well as enabling viewers to express interest in an event to encourage more live-stream coverage. We also investigated a means to facilitate chat message communication at scale with feedback to a single or multiple streamers (full paper published at CHI 17').
This project formed my UG dissertation during the final year of my degree. We present a system for adding expressiveness to existing touch-based devices using a wrist-mounted IMU by utilising information about the hand movement before during and after the touch.
I am working on the next generation OpenMovement AxLE logging accelerometer. Following on from the previous OpenMovement AX3 logger we are building a new Bluetooth LE version. I am building the Open-Source sync client, built in Xamarin Forms with iOS and Android support. This client will support general configuration, data syncing and firmware updating. We hope to use this device on a range of projects within our lab and beyond collecting data which is non-proprietary and open to all.
BBC Object-Based Broadcasting
I am working with the BBC on facilitating the production of Object-based Broadcasting media. We are using sensors (accelerometers, rfid, position through bluetooth and IoT appliances) to label actions within a production enabling us to produce detailed meta-data describing a scene.
EDGE-SENSE is technology developed by Hawk-Eye in collaboration with Open Lab, Newcastle University. Using a wireless accelerometer attached to a cricket bat, EDGE-SENSE detects if a batsman has 'edged' the ball and been caught out. This work has been showcased in articles for the Times newspaper and Sky Sports News.
We are currently developing this technology for application at club cricket level and for broadcast.