One of the projects which received much admiration at The Makers Lab was the 'Interactive Office Solution for Presentation' by engineers Afifa Tahira and Halima Akhter. Credited as one of the most popular inventions by the audience at the event, these young individuals have already proved themselves competent inventors.
The aim of their invention was to make office presentations easier, livelier and more interactive. “As we live in the age of science, we thought it was high time we move forward from power points,” says Halima Akhter. The invention makes it possible to move the objects in a presentation using hand gestures. Based on augmented reality, the invention uses computer vision to make the presentations interactive. “Using this tool, we can drag and drop objects in the presentation, as we see in sci-fi movies,” says Afifa Tahira. This tool is programmed in processing language and only requires a camera and a projector. The engineers used a pocket projector to make the device portable. A glove with some red tape wrapped around the index finger was used to move the objects in the projection.
The projects developed in Makers Lab proved to be one of the best innovation events in the city. Though they were all prototypes, they all had a lot of potential. “In the improved version, we can make the objects dynamic and more user interactions can be added. It can be modified to be used as an extension of the traditional presentation tool MS Powerpoint. Alternatively, independent new software like MS Powerpoint can be developed based on this invention,” says Halima Akhter.