The market for Contextual Technologies that augment our awareness to personal, location and environmental situations will grow and become more and more valuable to individuals. There are some key enablers however. Device technology, applications software, analysis/correlation engines and ecosystems need to be in place for this to succeed. This talk looks at the ecosystems and business models that will be key to success for Reality Augmentation.
Mobile Augmented Reality on consumer devices has been around for less than a decade, yet it has been hyped and criticised more than any other emerging technology out there. Andy will take you on the journey of AR looking at the past, presence and most importantly the future of AR highlighting the challenges and huge opportunities of this accelerating industry.
Visual AR represents a radical departure from the more familiar concept of the ‘head-down’ HMI (Human Machine Interface) such as a computer screen, tablet, smartphone or even just an instrument panel or dashboard. No longer can information displayed be merely logically functional, intuitive and/or aesthetically pleasing; the information must now share the user’s most intimate visual field, and in many cases also achieve registration with it. Moreover, when used to assist the user in performing a real-world activity, the information must avoid obstructing the visual field, interfering with it, or causing confusion. Indeed, it may be considered a goal that any confusion already there should be actively diminished by the AR information presented. A powerful AR display method for achieving this is conformal representation, where the information appears to be painted on the user’s surroundings. Making Virtual Solid LLC have taken this a stage further in assisting the car (or lorry) driver, by additionally representing the information in actual volumetric 3D on their HUD (i.e. without the need for glasses, and without risking eye-strain).
We will briefly discuss this technology and its potential as a model for how AR might synergistically support the user’s activity in the real world.
This session will ask: What are smart glasses? Why are Smart Glasses important for AR? What are the use cases? Who makes them using what technologies? What are the major challenges of this disruptive hardware platform?
This workshop will focus on AR Glasses and how their new and unique interfaces change the way we use, develop, interact with and perceive Augmented Reality. The workshop will discuss particular topics of and issues with AR Glasses, and to understand what developers and users must change in the way they use AR on AR Glasses, compared to AR on smartphones, tablets and laptops. For this purpose, the workshop will be split into 2 half hour parts:
Exploring the opportunities of combining Augmented and Virtual Reality.
Hear from universities and students on projects which are going to revolutionise AR.
The rapid spread of high-powered mobile cameras, coupled to smart computer vision software, could lead to a number of different scenarios in the 2020-2024 timescale. In some of these scenarios, there will be hostile public reaction to augmented reality. People will fear an unprecedented invasion of their privacy, and may organise widespread resistance to new systems. This talk will consider the extent to which any such fears might be justified, and will explore a possible “dark side of AR”. Topics covered include the rate of change, similarities and dissimilarities with the reception of previous waves of technology, the development of social norms, and options for smart tech to prevent misuse of AR systems.
Eyewear and indeed the whole wearable technology market has seen some giant leaps in technology over the past 24-36 months. So where do we go from here? Vuzix’s David Lock talks about how smart glasses and augmented reality applications are being utilised in our business lives today and how with even further technology advancements, including Vuzix’s unique Waveguide technology, engineers, educators and medical staff, to name a few, will be looking to enhance business workflow, customer service and overall efficiency into 2015 and beyond.