Avatar and VR-helper won the hackathon on virtual reality

CyberSiberia, the national hackathon for mixed and virtual reality, was recently held at TSU at the end of the April. Among the winners are the telepresence robot and VR-helper, which will help people with injuries of the musculoskeletal system to speed up the rehabilitation process.

The VR-helper project (Imperium team) is an application by which a person can represent the motion of paralyzed limbs.

- Neurosurgeons recommend every day during rehabilitation visualizing any movement of paralyzed limbs. In that time, the brain transmits impulses to the muscles, producing micro-contractions. It is very difficult, and a person quits in a few days because the fantasy does not give the possibility, or falls asleep. The application will allow seeing the movements and the person will repeat them, - says Nikolay Muraviev, the captain of the team, a TSU graduate.

The Avatar project is a new generation telepresence robot. It differs from existing analogs in that it creates the maximum effect of presence.

- Almost every large company faces such a problem as business trips when an employee must go to another city or country. Our device allows being elsewhere without physical displacements. A person sees a full three-dimensional image, hears a sound, and can even manipulate objects, - says Sergei Balakhovtsev, the team captain, who came to the hackathon from Tyumen.

Till Shift (Tomsk) became the first in the nomination Best Game Project. This team created an educational Virtual Reality project for teaching children programming. The team of the Rostov State Transport University from Rostov-on-Don won in the nomination Best Project at HoloLens. They showed the prototype of the project for the augmented reality glasses of Microsoft Hololens, which allow seeing all the communications that take place in the walls of any structure. Each of the winners received an investment and was invited to residency in the TSU innovative and technological business incubator.

The first national hackathon for mixed and virtual reality was held in Moscow and Tomsk. In Tomsk, it gathered participants from eight cities, who developed their projects for 40 hours at the TSU Research Library. Participants were assessed by representatives of the Internet Initiatives Development Fund and Agency for Strategic Initiatives, Mail.ru, J'son & Partners, Microsoft, VRQuest, VR Tech, and Larnabel VC.

- Hackathon is a very convenient format for meeting with investors, with a business that wants to look at new ideas, look at the teams. It is one thing when you're dealing with a team and quite another when you see what it is able to do for three days. This is actually a heroic deed, not everyone will be able to develop software in such a short time, - says Roman Povolotsky, a coordinator of the strategic initiative CyberRussia.