Matt Mills and Tamara Roukaerts demonstrate Aurasma, a new augmented reality tool that can seamlessly animate the world as seen through a smartphone. Going beyond previous augmented reality, their “auras” can do everything from making a painting talk to overlaying live news onto a printed newspaper.
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The world’s deadliest aviation disaster took place on a foggy airport runway rather than in the air. That’s why NASA is offering “augmented reality” glasses that would allow commercial airline pilots to see a virtual version of runways in even the worst weather conditions.
Such glasses represent a portable head-worn display that shows critical flight information such as airspeed, altitude and orientation floating in front of one eye at all times. The NASA display would also track pilots’ heads so that an updated virtual outline of an airport’s runways and towers always appears wherever they look — allowing them to keep their attention on what’s happening outside rather than staring at a chart or tablet.
“If pilots are not familiar with the airport, they have to stop and pull out maps,” said Trey Arthur, an electronics engineer at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. “This display, in the new world where these routes are going to be digital, can tell them what taxiway they’re on, where they need to go, where they’re headed and how well they’re tracking the runway’s center line.”
Similar heads-up display (HUD) technology exists for military fighter jet and helicopter pilots, who wear helmets with the transparent displays. Newer commercial airliners also use HUDs installed in the cockpit, but lack the head-tracking “ augmented reality ” of NASA’s technology that layers virtual images or maps on top of a pilot’s real-world vision.
Giving pilots better awareness on airport runways swarming with airplanes could prevent catastrophes such as the world’s deadliest aviation incident at Tenerife in the Canary Islands in 1977. A collision there between a jumbo jet trying to take off and another jet sitting on the foggy runway ended in a blazing inferno that killed 583 passengers and crew.
“If the fog is in and you can’t see the tower or certain parts of the airport, we would draw that on the display as well if it would enhance situational awareness,” Arthur told InnovationNewsDaily.
Dutch design agency Gummo was awarded a prestigious commission to design a new series of postage stamps for the TNT Post (now Post NL). Gummo made the most of the specified theme of not-yet-realised architecture in the Netherlands, and created the world’s first Augmented Reality (AR) stamp.
The AR stamp brings another dimension to the two dimensional stamp, and brings the five not-yet-constructed buildings to life. Each of the twelvel stamps contains an AR tracking code which when held in front of a webcam will trigger a 3D rendering of the buildings. The buildings were selected in cooperation with NAi, the Dutch Architectural Institute.