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Led by computer science professor J. Edward Swan II, Mississippi State University (MSU) researchers are working to improve depth perception in augmented reality (AR) environments. “As AR continues to develop, with many of the ideas for mobile AR now being ported to [personal digital assistants] and improved hardware for medical and other relatively stationary applications, his ongoing AR perception research is paving the pathway for working AR systems,” says U.S. National Science Foundation researcher Lawrence Rosenblum. In the MSU lab, volunteers use a haploscope, a head-mounted display device, to position virtual objects and real ones. “This thing on my head is a tracking device, which tracks my head when it moves, and the device sends information to a computer through this wire,” says MSU researcher Gurjot Singh. The information is then fed into a computer, which draws the scene onscreen according to the data as well as the user’s location in space. Swan says AR has many potential applications, ranging from the military to medicine and the sports world.
From “Improving Our Depth Perception in Augmented Reality”
National Science Foundation (09/17/12) Miles O’Brien
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