Mobile Collaborative Augmented Reality
Research project in the area of Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Keywords: Studierstube, Augmented Reality, Distributed Systems, Mobile Computing.
About this Project
Mobile computing is naturally complemented by Augmented Reality (AR), which superimposes computer-generated images onto a user's perception of the real world via devices such as see-through or see-around head mounted displays (HMD). As a consequence, a portable 3D information space becomes available to the user. Such systems are often combined with position sensing devices (such as differential GPS) to yield location aware computing, which associates computer-generated images with arbitrary landmarks of the real world.
EMT at the Graz University of Technology
Funding provided by
Austrian Science Foundation under contract no. P-14470-INF
Our aim is to develop a mobile AR system that combines the following features :
- 3D stereographic display of computer generated images. This enhances the sensation of seeing virtual objects.
- Direct manipulation and interaction with the virtual objects.
- Instant collaboration with another user wearing another mobile kit.
- Application and data sharing between a mobile and a stationary user or two mobile users
We are using standard of-the-shelf equipment as well as industrial components to assemble our mobile computer kits. This allows simple and fast experiements with an abundance of user devices and to deploy them in new, unthought-of ways.
Our project partner - the Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing (EMT) at the Graz University of Technology - is developing advanced hyprid tracking systems for the mobile user kits. These will enable a user to work in a world stabilized system in an arbitrary environment by relying on natural features for an optical tracking approach. Combining this with an inertial tracking system will make it responsive and robust at the same time.
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