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Innovators of Tomorrow: Justin Lassen

Innovators of Tomorrow is a monthly show focused on giving insight into the work and inspirations from developers in our Intel® Software Innovator program. In this episode, we talk with Justin Lassen, independent digital musician and developer. Justin is currently involved in virtual reality (VR) and making new strides in how VR experiences can be created to support an immersive visual and auditory experience.

Featured Innovators

Using 3D Technology and Artificial Intelligence in Innovation

Silviu-Tudor Serban has been creating interactive environments using 3D technology since childhood. After being named a winner in the Intel® RealSense™ App Challenge and being invited to become an Intel® Software Innovator, Silviu has expanded his skillset and is currently working on an AI-driven robot for the office.

Analyzing Environmental Changes and How They Impact Your Health

Rose Day is an Intel® Software Innovator who has grown up around technology and since high school has focused her education on technology. She works with sensors and home automation technology to collect and analyze environmental factors in order to identify and manage triggers that impact a person’s health and well-being. Rose took the time to share with us a bit of her background, the projects she is working on now, and her thoughts on where technology is headed.

Doctor Hazel: AI Skin Cancer Detection

Intel® Software Innovator Peter Ma has created “Doctor Hazel,” an AI tool that helps to screen for skin cancer in real time using minimal electrical power and no internet connection. Created at TechCrunch Disrupt’s 2017 hackathon and now turned startup, Doctor Hazel uses a medical camera to detect skin cancers on the spot with 85 percent accuracy. Early detection is the best thing for melanoma survival and this new tool provides an easy and non-invasive way to detect skin cancers.

Adam Milton-Barker: Using AI and IoT to Disrupt Technology

Between developing AI and IoT projects and creating a platform to teach kids about AI, Intel® Software Innovator Adam Milton-Barker is a whirlwind of technological activity. He explains how he got started in technology and where he’s headed in the future.

Suresh and George: From Childhood Friends to Awesome App Developers

Intel® Black Belt Software Developers and Intel® Software Innovators George S. Christopher and Suresh Kumar Gunasekaran started out as childhood friends from a small town in India. They have turned their little app development business into a million dollar company in Chennai that continues to help other young people from small villages learn valuable skills in technology.

Thomas and Martin: Having Fun with Robots, Drones, and VR

Thomas Endres and his colleague Martin Förtsch are Intel® Black Belt Software Developers and Intel® Software Innovators from Germany who are lucky enough to have their hobby also be their job. They spend their days playing with drones, 3D cameras, virtual reality, and robots—literally creating technology for the future. How fun does that sound?

The Foglands – Gaslight from Well Told Entertainment

Sam Warner, Intel® Software Innovator from Well Told Entertainment, shows off the VR dungeon-crawling, action adventure game The Foglands—Gaslight at SIGGRAPH 2017. Sam talks about where they are in the stages of building this game, as well as their involvement with the Innovator program.

Intel® Software Innovators at SIGGRAPH 2017

The world’s largest computer graphics and interactive technique conference featured five days of interactive, rotating demos from Intel Software Innovators. Yahya Mirza of Aclectic Systems Inc. demonstrated how to simulate high-quality 3D smoke. Eskil Steenberg used a highly threaded application to map complex 3D lighting setups via utilization of multicore processing. Well Told Entertainment exhibited their in-development VR game, Foglands, which uses experimental locomotion and physics. Justin Lassen, audio director for the entire Spiderman Homecoming VR experience, gave an inside look at how the game was developed.

Shared Sensor Network for Vehicles and Smart Roads

Intel Software Innovator Fabrizio Lapiello developed a plan for smart roads that can monitor traffic, miles driven, air quality, and more, by installing mobile sensor nodes in vehicles. These interconnected nodes detect, analyze, and send data automatically and anonymously to checkpoint collection centers on the smart roads.

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Image of Konstantin Popov with two other developersCappasity: 3D Scanning Technology Platform

Konstantin Popov has used his expertise in 3D technologies to build the Cappasity platform. Cappasity is a solution that allows online retailers to easily scan their products in 3D and embed them on their website. As one of the top Intel® Software Innovators of 2016, Konstantin took some time to tell us about Cappasity and the new direction the platform is headed toward.

MR. Configurator Tool - Greatly Reduce Your Mixed Reality Setup Time

Intel® Software Innovator Timothy Porter has designed a tool for the HTC Vive* to speed up calibration of your mixed reality setup. By reducing the setup time from over an hour to about three minutes, you can easily show a different perspective to people who aren’t wearing the head-mounted display or to create trailers and show a more comprehensive view of the virtual reality experience.

Spider-Man: Homecoming VR Experience with Justin Lassen

Intel® Software Innovator Justin Lassen talks about his involvement with the Spider-Man: Homecoming VR Experience at SIGGRAPH 2017. Justin was the audio director for all aspects of the game and discusses the technology, hardware, and software used to create this amazing experience.

Face It AI Application by Pallab Paul of Rutgers University

Intel® Student Ambassador Pallab Paul has shared the step-by-step progress of his Early Innovation Project through biweekly blog updates and culminating in presenting his work at the first Intel® Student Ambassador Forum held in New York. Pallab and his team have created an app that uses deep learning to help young men find the right hairstyle for their face shape.

Environmental Analyzer for Migraines

Various environmental factors can trigger a migraine. Intel Software Innovator Rose Day uses sensors to capture the temperature, humidity, pressure, altitude, and light of your surroundings while combining it with data you enter about the migraine. Her app then analyzes the data to help discover which environmental factors may be triggering your migraines.

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) Teaching Platform for Kids

Intel Software Innovator Adam Milton-Barker created a new website to teach kids about AI. Its mission is to provide kids of all ages with education, tools, and exercises for programming AI in real-world cases to benefit their communities. Free online videos and tutorials facilitate learning in computer vision, natural language, and self-driving cars.

Virtual Multicontroller

Imagine being able to control each and every PC game virtually using a single device. Wouldn’t that be cool? Intel® Student Ambassador Suryaveer Singh is building a controller with basic sensors—orientation sensor, heart beat sensor, and others—that can control every PC game virtually.

Recap of IoT RetailRecap of the First Intel IoT Retail Workshop

Intel® Black Belt Software Developer Abhishek Nandy recaps the first IoT Retail Workshop held in Bangalore in early June. Raghavendra Ural led the event with support from Abhishek and Intel Software Innovators Sourav Lahoti and Pooja Baraskar. Representatives from several start-up companies attended the workshop, which highlighted how to use Intel® architecture in IoT retail.

Car Racing SimExperience Car Racing from the Safety of a Simulator

After getting a client's request to create a car-racing game with a motion simulator, Intel® Software Innovator Firmansyah Saftari had to do some research and learn new skills. He started with a 3D printed scaled model prototype, designed and configured everything, and then built it from scratch in two months. The final result is a virtual reality motion simulator that looks very fun to test drive.

Deep LearningThe Anatomy of Deep Learning Frameworks

Intel Software Innovator Gokula Krishnan Santhanam explains everything you want to know about deep learning frameworks. A part of the Indian Deep Learning Initiative Webinar Series, this session walks you through various frameworks, explaining how to create your own.

AI to Control WeedsUse AI to Control Weeds

Ngesa Marvin’s project collects images from the Google Earth* mapping service and wind data, and then uses AI to predict the location of water hyacinth, an invasive weed. He plans to use the technology to eradicate the weed from Kenya’s Lake Victoria—one of many strategies he has for helping his community and its environment.

Use VR to Explore the International Space Station

Explore the International Space Station like only astronauts have. Justin Link developed this experience for the Kennedy Space Center, allowing you to see what it is like to take a spacewalk with a NASA astronaut guide. Learn about each part of the International Space Station and the role it will play in the future of space exploration.