As AR evolved, students can participate interactively and interact with knowledge more authentically. Instead of remaining passive recipients, students can become active learners, able to interact with their learning environment. Computer-generated simulations of historical events allow students to explore and learning details of each significant area of the event site. In higher education, Construct3D, a Studierstube system, allows students to learn mechanical engineering concepts, math or geometry.
Augmented reality technology enhances remote collaboration, allowing students and instructors in different locales to interact by sharing a common virtual learning environment populated by virtual objects and learning materials. Primary school children learn easily from interactive experiences.
Astronomical constellations and the movements of objects in the solar system were oriented in 3D and overlaid in the direction the device was held, and expanded with supplemental video information. Paper-based science book illustrations could seem to come alive as video without requiring the child to navigate to web-based materials.
In , a project was launched on Kickstarter to teach about electronics with an educational toy that allowed children to scan their circuit with an iPad and see the electric current flowing around. Apps that leverage augmented reality to aid learning included SkyView for studying astronomy,  AR Circuits for building simple electric circuits,  and SketchAr for drawing.
AR would also be a way for parents and teachers to achieve their goals for modern education, which might include providing a more individualized and flexible learning, making closer connections between what is taught at school and the real world, and helping students to become more engaged in their own learning. A recent research compared the functionalities of augmented reality tools with potential for education . Augmented reality systems are used in public safety situations, from super storms to suspects at large.
As early as , two articles from Emergency Management magazine discussed the power of this technology for emergency management. Google Glass and the growing expectation of the public will continue to force professional emergency managers to radically shift when, where, and how technology is deployed before, during, and after disasters.
Another early example was a search aircraft looking for a lost hiker in rugged mountain terrain. Augmented reality systems provided aerial camera operators with a geographic awareness of forest road names and locations blended with the camera video. The camera operator was better able to search for the hiker knowing the geographic context of the camera image. Once located, the operator could more efficiently direct rescuers to the hiker's location because the geographic position and reference landmarks were clearly labeled.
AR can be used to facilitate social interaction. The timely and dynamic information sharing and viewing functionalities of Talk2Me help initiate conversations and make friends for users with people in physical proximity.
The gaming industry embraced AR technology. A number of games were developed for prepared indoor environments, such as AR air hockey, Titans of Space , collaborative combat against virtual enemies, and AR-enhanced pool table games. Augmented reality allowed video game players to experience digital game play in a real world environment.
Companies and platforms like Niantic and Proxy42 emerged as major augmented reality gaming creators. Jedi Challenges that works with a Lenovo Mirage AR headset, a tracking sensor and a Lightsaber controller, scheduled to launch in December AR allows industrial designers to experience a product's design and operation before completion. Volkswagen has used AR for comparing calculated and actual crash test imagery. It has also been used to compare digital mock-ups with physical mock-ups for finding discrepancies between them.
Since , a device called a near-infrared vein finder that films subcutaneous veins, processes and projects the image of the veins onto the skin has been used to locate veins. AR provides surgeons with patient monitoring data in the style of a fighter pilot's heads-up display, and allows patient imaging records, including functional videos, to be accessed and overlaid.
Examples include a virtual X-ray view based on prior tomography or on real-time images from ultrasound and confocal microscopy probes,  visualizing the position of a tumor in the video of an endoscope ,  or radiation exposure risks from X-ray imaging devices.
On the 30th of April, Microsoft announced the Microsoft HoloLens , their first shot at augmented reality. The HoloLens has advanced through the years and it has gotten so advanced that it has been used to project holograms for near infrared fluorescence based image guided surgery.
Augmented reality and other computer based-utility is being used today to help train medical professionals. Augmented reality applications, running on handheld devices utilized as virtual reality headsets, can also digitalize human presence in space and provide a computer generated model of them, in a virtual space where they can interact and perform various actions.
Such capabilities are demonstrated by "Project Anywhere", developed by a postgraduate student at ETH Zurich, which was dubbed as an "out-of-body experience". Building on decades of perceptual-motor research in experimental psychology, researchers at the Aviation Research Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign used augmented reality in the form of a flight path in the sky to teach flight students how to land a flight simulator.
An adaptive augmented schedule in which students were shown the augmentation only when they departed from the flight path proved to be a more effective training intervention than a constant schedule.
An interesting early application of AR occurred when Rockwell International created video map overlays of satellite and orbital debris tracks to aid in space observations at Air Force Maui Optical System.
In their paper "Debris Correlation Using the Rockwell WorldView System" the authors describe the use of map overlays applied to video from space surveillance telescopes. The map overlays indicated the trajectories of various objects in geographic coordinates. This allowed telescope operators to identify satellites, and also to identify and catalog potentially dangerous space debris.
Starting in the US Army integrated the SmartCam3D augmented reality system into the Shadow Unmanned Aerial System to aid sensor operators using telescopic cameras to locate people or points of interest.
The system combined both fixed geographic information including street names, points of interest, airports, and railroads with live video from the camera system. The system offered a "picture in picture" mode that allows the system to show a synthetic view of the area surrounding the camera's field of view. This helps solve a problem in which the field of view is so narrow that it excludes important context, as if "looking through a soda straw".
In combat, AR can serve as a networked communication system that renders useful battlefield data onto a soldier's goggles in real time. From the soldier's viewpoint, people and various objects can be marked with special indicators to warn of potential dangers. The NASA X was flown using a Hybrid Synthetic Vision system that overlaid map data on video to provide enhanced navigation for the spacecraft during flight tests from to It used the LandForm software and was useful for times of limited visibility, including an instance when the video camera window frosted over leaving astronauts to rely on the map overlays.
In the photo at right one can see the map markers indicating runways, air traffic control tower, taxiways, and hangars overlaid on the video. AR can augment the effectiveness of navigation devices. Information can be displayed on an automobile's windshield indicating destination directions and meter, weather, terrain, road conditions and traffic information as well as alerts to potential hazards in their path.
Augmented reality may have a good impact on work collaboration as people may be inclined to interact more actively with their learning environment. It may also encourage tacit knowledge renewal which makes firms more competitive.
AR was used to facilitate collaboration among distributed team members via conferences with local and virtual participants. AR tasks included brainstorming and discussion meetings utilizing common visualization via touch screen tables, interactive digital whiteboards, shared design spaces, and distributed control rooms. In industrial environments, augmented reality is proving to have a substantial impact with more and more use cases emerging across all aspect of the product lifecycle, starting from product design and new product introduction NPI to manufacturing to service and maintenance, to material handling and distribution.
For example, labels were displayed on parts of a system to clarify operating instructions for a mechanic performing maintenance on a system. In addition to Boeing, BMW and Volkswagen were known for incorporating this technology into assembly lines for monitoring process improvements.
AR permits people to look through the machine as if with an x-ray, pointing them to the problem right away. As AR technology has evolved and second and third generation AR devices come to market, the impact of AR in enterprise continues to flourish.
The new wave of professionals, the Millennial workforce, demands more efficient knowledge sharing solutions and easier access to rapidly growing knowledge bases. Augmented reality offers a solution to that.
Weather visualizations were the first application of augmented reality to television. It has now become common in weathercasting to display full motion video of images captured in real-time from multiple cameras and other imaging devices. Coupled with 3D graphics symbols and mapped to a common virtual geospace model, these animated visualizations constitute the first true application of AR to TV.
AR has become common in sports telecasting. Sports and entertainment venues are provided with see-through and overlay augmentation through tracked camera feeds for enhanced viewing by the audience.
Examples include the yellow " first down " line seen in television broadcasts of American football games showing the line the offensive team must cross to receive a first down.
AR is also used in association with football and other sporting events to show commercial advertisements overlaid onto the view of the playing area. Sections of rugby fields and cricket pitches also display sponsored images. Swimming telecasts often add a line across the lanes to indicate the position of the current record holder as a race proceeds to allow viewers to compare the current race to the best performance. Other examples include hockey puck tracking and annotations of racing car performance and snooker ball trajectories.
Augmented reality for Next Generation TV allows viewers to interact with the programs they were watching. They can place objects into an existing program and interact with them, such as moving them around. Objects include avatars of real persons in real time who are also watching the same program.
AR has been used to enhance concert and theater performances. Travelers may use AR to access real-time informational displays regarding a location, its features, and comments or content provided by previous visitors. Advanced AR applications include simulations of historical events, places, and objects rendered into the landscape. AR applications linked to geographic locations present location information by audio, announcing features of interest at a particular site as they become visible to the user.
Companies can use AR to attract tourists to particular areas that they may not be familiar with by name. Tourists will be able to experience beautiful landscapes in first person with the use of AR devices. Companies like Phocuswright plan to use such technology in order to expose the lesser known but beautiful areas of the planet, and in turn, increase tourism.
Other companies such as Matoke Tours have already developed an application where the user can see degrees from several different places in Uganda. AR systems such as Word Lens can interpret the foreign text on signs and menus and, in a user's augmented view, re-display the text in the user's language. Spoken words of a foreign language can be translated and displayed in a user's view as printed subtitles.
It has been suggested that augmented reality may be used in new methods of music production , mixing , control and visualization. A tool for 3D music creation in clubs that, in addition to regular sound mixing features, allows the DJ to play dozens of sound samples , placed anywhere in 3D space, has been conceptualized. Leeds College of Music teams have developed an AR app that can be used with Audient desks and allow students to use their smartphone or tablet to put layers of information or interactivity on top of an Audient mixing desk.
ARmony is a software package that makes use of augmented reality to help people to learn an instrument. In a proof-of-concept project Ian Sterling, interaction design student at California College of the Arts , and software engineer Swaroop Pal demonstrated a HoloLens app whose primary purpose is to provide a 3D spatial UI for cross-platform devices — the Android Music Player app and Arduino-controlled Fan and Light — and also allow interaction using gaze and gesture control.
AR Mixer is an app that allows one to select and mix between songs by manipulating objects — such as changing the orientation of a bottle or can. In a video, Uriel Yehezkel demonstrates using the Leap Motion controller and GECO MIDI to control Ableton Live with hand gestures and states that by this method he was able to control more than 10 parameters simultaneously with both hands and take full control over the construction of the song, emotion and energy.
A novel musical instrument that allows novices to play electronic musical compositions, interactively remixing and modulating their elements, by manipulating simple physical objects has been proposed.
A system using explicit gestures and implicit dance moves to control the visual augmentations of a live music performance that enable more dynamic and spontaneous performances and—in combination with indirect augmented reality—leading to a more intense interaction between artist and audience has been suggested.
The ControllAR project allows musicians to augment their MIDI control surfaces with the remixed graphical user interfaces of music software.
Augmented reality is becoming more frequently used for online advertising. Retailers offer the ability to upload a picture on their website and "try on" various clothes which is overlaid on the picture. Even further, companies such as Bodymetrics install dressing booths in department stores that offer full-body scanning. These booths render a 3-D model of the user, allowing the consumers to view different outfits on themselves without the need of physically changing clothes.
Snapchat users have access to augmented reality in the company's instant messaging app through use of camera filters. In September , Snapchat updated its app to include a camera filter that allowed users to render an animated, cartoon version of themselves called "Bitmoji".
These animated avatars would be projected in the real world through the camera, and can be photographed or video recorded. This new feature makes use of augmented reality to alter the look of a picture taken of the sky, much like how users can apply the app's filters to other pictures.
Users can choose from sky filters such as starry night, stormy clouds, beautiful sunsets, and rainbow. The concept of modern augmented reality depends on the ability of the device to record and analyze the environment in real time. Because of this, there are potential legal concerns over privacy.
While the First Amendment to the United States Constitution allows for such recording in the name of public interest, the constant recording of an AR device makes it difficult to do so without also recording outside of the public domain. Legal complications would be found in areas where a right to a certain amount of privacy is expected or where copyrighted media are displayed. In terms of individual privacy, there exists the ease of access to information that one should not readily possess about a given person.
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The Computer-Aided Medicine revolution". But first, the ad industry has to understand this new playground. They read books on the radio at the beginning of radio; in the beginning of cinema, they shot plays. There's a completely new form of storytelling that has to evolve for this new [VR] canvas," said Chris Milk, a filmmaker and music-video director. Last year he shot a short film of a Beck performance for automaker Lincoln's rebranding campaign.
He also created a rendering of it in degrees with six GoPro cameras. Last month it staged a VR experience at the World Cup, where participants entered a replica of the locker room at Brazil's Maracana Stadium; then, after putting on VR Oculus Rift goggles, they moved from the locker room to the pitch and played on the field, all without getting up from their seat.
Matt Wolf, Coca-Cola's head of global gaming, said there's branding within the experience, but the more valuable aspect is that viewers are getting access to something that wouldn't otherwise be possible. Then there are business-to-business applications. Already one marketer, insurer Travelers, is using VR to train employees in worker safety by virtually showing the consequences of not following the rules.
But on a broader scale, market forces are at work to bring VR to the masses. The Oculus Equation The details of Facebook's plans for an integration are still unknown, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg has conveyed in no uncertain terms that his vision is to use Oculus's tech for social networking—and that his company is making a bet on the next emergent computing platform after mobile. Which would you prefer: Zuckerberg said when announcing the deal in March. Facebook isn't the only tech giant in the race.
Sony is working toward a commercial release of its VR headset, "Project Morpheus," and Samsung is also reportedly developing VR goggles that connect to its phones and tablets. Assuming that VR headsets become less bulky and more available to consumers at an affordable price point in , the zeal among advertisers to test the technology could grow intense.
Zuckerberg wants to sell the consumer version for the "lowest cost possible. The most likely suspects to take the lead on developing VR experiences are brands like General Electric and Audi, which have cultivated reputations as early adopters of technology. JC Penney , for example, can successfully sell products online via jcpenney. There's an obvious application for movie studios and record labels, which are already in the business of creating content that people seek out, but for more pedestrian categories, it might be harder.
That's a big if, but numerous startups, filmmakers and production companies are betting they will. After the glowing reception of that effort, the duo decided to dedicate themselves to VR work, developing a degree camera system they may eventually seek to license out.
They've had discussions with ad agencies interested in branded experiences, but Mr. Lajeunesse said they're more focused on the music industry right now.
While it's bound to be gamers driving the adoption of VR headsets, a larger consumer market might not be far behind—especially as studios and developers churn out different types of content.
And brands already honing their VR chops may have a first-mover advantage. But from another point of view, VR could be another much-hyped flash in the pan. There are strong uses for this sophisticated tech in disciplines ranging from gaming and military training to education and behavioral therapy for people suffering from PTSD or even arachnophobia.
That doesn't mean there's a niche for marketing, however. Berkowitz's view, augmented reality is an example of a technology that has not lived up to its hype, even though brands continue to play with it, and VR could follow the same path. A recent high-profile example of branded AR work is McDonald's' World Cup promotion; it transformed its fry boxes, making them into the entry point for a game on a soccer-themed app. He pointed to the buzz around Yelp's AR feature "Monocle," which lets its app users see nearby venues in the direction they're pointing their phones.
Agency folks like me went and showed clients. For any new technology, the question is whether the utility will outlive the novelty. Its second rendering of the foot ice wall from "Game of Thrones"—which has sound effects to reproduce wind and actual shaking from the floor to enhance the experience for viewers as they ascend in a virtual elevator—is on a world tour.
Visual-effects studio Framestore worked for three months on the project, rendering the degree scene in CGI. Framestore's head of digital, Mike Woods, said the company has been flooded by requests for VR work since then, and they've accepted some projects under non-disclosure clauses, some of which are with marketers. Despite the newness of this type of work, the cost is relatively low, according to Mr.
Several agencies Ad Age contacted reported that they're working on VR projects but aren't at liberty to discuss details. Venables Bell, for example, is working on a sports-related project for a client in which putting on Oculus goggles would place the viewer on a playing field in an athlete's world. Visitors donned Oculus goggles and navigated virtual landscapes, where they had to make decisions.
Choosing whether they were ninja or samurai, for example, would determine what kind of engines their cars would have. Seeing is believing When David Sackman first experienced the unnerving virtual pit in which participants walk across that thin plank at Stanford's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, he became fascinated by the technology and the sensations it can produce.
He started visiting the lab about a year and a half ago and tried out some of the lab's social experiments designed to affect human behavior. For example, cutting down a redwood tree in a virtual forest would cause birds to fly away and the woods to become silent. After that experience, people might use fewer paper towels when cleaning up a spill.
From there, a business idea started to germinate. Sackman now has an "applied VR" division dedicated to working with brands on VR solutions. It's already done a project for Travelers Insurance to develop a workers' safety product. In that experience, rendered by VR software company WorldViz, the viewer flies around a warehouse and saves five co-workers from various injury possibilities, such as getting run over by a forklift.
The idea is that workers who go through the experience will be inclined to take more precautions in the real world.
The Mixed Reality Research Lab comprises research in virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, visualizations and simulations to industry and education.
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