September 30, 2019
In a groundbreaking initiative with Dr. Peter Scott-Morgan and The Scott-Morgan Foundation, DXC Technology and world-class partners are helping Peter use the most advanced robotics and AI to turn him into what he calls the “world’s very first full Cyborg.” This initiative demonstrates the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve and transform the quality of life for people throughout the world, especially those with an extreme disability.
DXC hosted a work-a-thon in August 2019 at its London Innovation Center, bringing together partners to build a cutting-edge AI system that will let Peter use his eyes to control an avatar that speaks in his own voice. Below is the update for September 2019.
The team reported progress in four areas:
System overview: The team has completed the system overview and requirements documentation so that Peter, his team and the contributors have a complete picture of what Peter 2.0 will be for October and what Peter is looking for as technology develops and is made available (e.g., Hololens 2).
The system overview covers the physical and technology designs for the whole Peter 2.0 solution, including the core Intel Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit (ACAT), Tobii Eye Tracker, CereProc text-to-speech software and wheelchair functionality at a high level. The overview also maps out the operational considerations for Peter, his team and the organizations that will be supporting them.
Requirements documentation: The requirements document provides a one-stop shop of functional and non-functional requirements for Peter and his supporting organizations. It documents all of Peter’s “must-haves” for October 2019 and the “nice-to-haves” and desirables for future releases.
CHARLIE 2.0 wheelchair: The team has been working with Permobil to define and execute the CHARLIE (Cyborg Harness And Robotic Life-Improving Exoskeleton) 2.0 wheelchair modifications for Peter. This includes all of the mounting, power and bio requirements for Charlie 2.0 and items such as laptop, eye tracker and chest screen mounts, as well as biotech, speaker and camera specifications and how they will connect to the Permobil F5 VS batteries for power.
Systems integration and performance testing: The team constructed a duplicate IT environment to host a number of testing and support functions. We completed a first round of performance testing using all of the main software elements and the low resolution avatar. Future testing will include the high resolution avatar and fully configured ACAT alongside a duplicate Tobii Eye Tracker device. The platform has also been used to validate speech-to-voice avatar-rendering in collaboration with the Fjord and University of South California representatives.
View the October 2019 work-a-thon update.