Augmented Reality Visor

Augmented reailty, or AR for short, is the process of super-imposing of computer generated content over a live view of the world, with the effect of combining them and enhancing what we would normally be able to see.

Google's "Project Glass" is an augmented reality visor which takes the functionality of a smartphone and incorporates it into a wearable device resembling glasses. A see-through lens displays text messages, maps, reminders, video, and turn-by-turn directions, all accessed through simple voice commands.

Augmented Reality Visor

Augmented Reality Visor

The Concept

Imagine you are visiting the ruins of a castle (see below). You can see in front of you some masonry, roughly marking out the footprint of the castle. Now imagine you put on an augmented reality visor (as you would a pair of glasses). The augmented reality visor overlays a computer generated image of the castle, as it was in Medieval times, over your natural vision. Move the cursor across the image below to represent this. In this example you would be able to move around the ruins and look at the castle from many different angles, comparing its current appearance to how it would have looked.

Augmented Reality Visors combine the wearers real-world view with computer generated graphics. This can be achieved in two ways:

1. Optical See-Through

The wearer views the real world directly whilst the computer generated element is projected onto a partially reflective mirror inside the visor (pictured above).

2. Video See-Through

An external camera captures the real-world view and this video feed is combined with the computer generated visuals and viewed by the wearer on small screens within the visor.

Vuzix Wrap Augmented Reality Visor

The Vuzix Wrap 920AR is an example of a Video See Through Augmented Reality Visor.The Vuzix Wrap 920AR features 67-inch displays as seen from 3metres and a stereo camera pair that “looks” into the world, bringing mixed and augmented reality to life. The stereo camera pair, each capturing 752 x 480 images at 60 fps, delivers a single 1504 x 480 side-by-side image that can be viewed in 3D stereoscopic video on the visor displays.

Augmented Reality Visor Applications

Major Augmented Reality Visor applications include military, governmental (fire, police, etc.), aviation, civilian/commercial (engineering, science & medicine, gaming, sports, etc.).

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