Emerging Augmented Reality

P41 uses  augmented reality(AR)  for process innovation. We follow the newest forms of AR technology and want to present some interesting developments:

Remote collaboration systems link audio and video representations of two separate spaces. State-of-the-art systems either concentrate on the interpersonal space and the presence of the remote participant, or on the shared workspace and the collaborative manipulation of data. InReach is a system that integrates both the interpersonal space and shared workspace in one user experience by placing remote collaborators “in reach” of each other in a virtual 3D environment. They see their own live 3D recreated mesh in a shared virtual space standing next to their remote collaborator, side-by-side. InReach explores how remote collaborators can “reach into” a shared digital workspace where they can manipulate 3D virtual objects and data with their bare hands.
Display Blocks is a combination of concept and implementation of a novel display technology. Display technologies have come a long way becoming thinner and more portable, to a point that they are present in mostly all of the computational devices we use in our day to day. However, despite the varity of different uses an content a screen can have they are all flat and rectangular. Display Blocks is a response to two major limitations of current displays; the project explores the possibilities that a cubic display holds for data visualization, manipulation and exploration. To this end, the design is accompanied with a set of initial applications that leverage the form factor of the display. This could be the promise of display technologies which use their form factor as a cue to understanding their content.
LuminAR reinvents the traditional incandescent bulb and desk lamp, evolving them into a new category of robotic, digital information devices. The LuminAR Bulb combines a Pico-projector, camera, and wireless computer in a compact form factor. This self-contained system enables users with just-in-time projected information and a gestural user interface, and it can be screwed into standard light fixtures everywhere. The LuminAR Lamp is an articulated robotic arm, designed to interface with the LuminAR Bulb. Both LuminAR form factors dynamically augment their environments with media and information, while seamlessly connecting with laptops, mobile phones, and other electronic devices. LuminAR transforms surfaces and objects into interactive spaces that blend digital media and information with the physical space. This project radically rethinks the design of traditional lighting objects, and explores how we can endow them with novel augmented-reality interfaces.
EyeRing is a wearable intuitive interface that allows a person to point at an object to see or hear more information about it. It’s a micro camera worn as a ring on the index finger with a button on the side, which can be pushed with the thumb to take a picture or a video that is then sent wirelessly to a mobile phone to be analyzed. The user receives information about the object in either auditory or visual form. Future versions of this proposed system may include more sensors to allow non-visual data capture and analysis. This finger-worn configuration of sensors opens up a myriad of possible applications for the visually impaired as well as the sighted.