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Using Augmented Reality

Augemented Reality [AR] can be applied to both indoor and outdoor activities:

  • Outdoors - GPS and orientation sensors enable backpack computing systems to take AR outdoors.
  • Sports - AR is commonly used today to show particular trajectories or positions of sports objects, such as the line of golf drives, tennis shots, sailing tracks, football games and hockey games.

Note: The degree of augmented reality varies greatly with each sports use application. For instance, in football, the real-world elements are the football field and players. The virtual element is the yellow line, which is drawn over the image by computers in real time. This is not a pure application of augmented reality, as objects are not inserted into the real environment, and there is no interaction with these virtual objects.

Augmented reality can be used in so many ways, and in many different environments.


Complex Task Support

Support with complex tasks, in assembly, maintenance, surgery etc.

By inserting of additional information into the field of view (for example, a mechanic getting labels displayed at parts of a system and getting operating instructions)
by visualization of hidden objects (during medical diagnostics or surgery as a virtual X-ray view, based on prior tomography or on real time images from ultrasound or open NMR devices, e.g., a doctor could "see" the fetus inside the mother's womb)



in airplanes (headup displays in fighter jets are one of the first AR applications anyhow; meanwhile fully interactive as well, with eye pointing).


Emergency Services

Military and emergency services (wearable systems, showing instructions, maps, enemy locations, fire cells etc.). Navigation devices in buildings, e.g. maintenance of industrial plants or outdoors, e.g. military operations or disaster management
in cars (headup displays or personal display glasses showing navigation hints and traffic information)



Prospecting in hydrology, ecology, geology (display and interactive analysis of terrain characteristics, interactive three-dimensional maps that could be collaboratively modified and analyzed)


Arcitectural Design And Presentation

Visualization of architecture (virtual resurrection of destroyed historic buildings as well as simulation of planned construction projects)

Video - Sample Presentation Using AR Components


Enhanced Sightseeing

Replacement of cellphone and car navigator screens: eye-dialing, insertion of information directly into the environment, e.g. guiding lines directly on the road.

Labels or any text related to the objects/places seen, rebuilt ruins, building or even landscape as seen in the past. Combined with a wireless network the amount of data displayed is limitless (encyclopedic articles, news, etc...).

Simulation, e.g. flight and driving simulators


Design Collaboration

Collaboration of distributed teams and conferences with real and virtual participants
joint work at simulated 3D models. Hold Virtual conferences in 'holodeck' style


Entertainment and Education

virtual objects in museums and exhibitions bring knowledge centers into entertainment centers.

Museum Displays

Augmented Reality applications are now in common use in museums and science exhibition center displays. These instances use projectors and screens to insert objects into the real environment, enhancing the exhibition. Rather than just a flat 2D image on a simple TV screen, these objects are related to the environment of the screen or display, and often interactive.

Theme Parks

Augmented reality is a natural capablity for use in theme park attractions (Such as Cadbury World) and games (e.g. ARQuake)

Enhanced media applications, like pseudo holographic virtual screens, virtual surround cinema, virtual 'holodecks' (allowing computer-generated imagery to interact with live entertainers and audience).

Science Fiction

In the Star Trek universe, the Jem'Hadar used a sort of augmented display to view the real world and what was outside the ship, integrating with the star ship's main sensors to gain an outside view of the star ship.

The television series Firefly depicts numerous AR applications, including a real-time medical scanner which allows a doctor to use his hands to manipulate a detailed and labeled projection of a patient's brain.


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