Let’s say you have to learn some complex manual task, like rebuilding an engine. There are many ways you could go about doing this, from being taught in person, to reading myriad steps in a specialized manual. With Grasp, you can add yet another: remote instruction. This device perches on your shoulder and beams your activities to an instructor, who could be anywhere in the world. “It has a mic, a camera and a laser pointer, all powered by an Arduino Yún board, to make real-time remote teaching more hands-on.” Created by Copenhagen designer Akarsch Sanghi, the concept behind Grasp “provides the mentor with a real time insight into the learners environment through the coupling of a first person point of view and an instructional laser pointer. Therefore, the mentor can communicate to the person learning via the device and instruct using the laser pointer. It is the idea of having a companion looking over your shoulder and instructing you while learning something new irrespective of distance.”
It’s a novel idea, and one which could have many applications in an educational setting. Unfortunately, there appear to be no solid commercialization plans at the moment. You can, however, follow Akarsch’s work on his website.