12 Mar

Project Tango

The new tool designed by Google, called Project Tango, allows you to perform an artificial reproduction of the environment around us mapping 3D space using a mobile device .
This represents a huge breakthrough in the world of Augmented Reality , as the problem augmented reality developers found sometimes is that we need to place virtual objects in a very specific point in space, and thanks to Project Tango now we have a perception much more accurate of user environment. Project Tango offers a wide range of outputs and its profits are sure to be quickly exploited by the market.
Citing Johnny Lee, Project Tango leader, in the same way that some cars warn of a possible collision, we could develop an App for Project Tango to guide blind people or to make cars drive alone. But instead of using proximity sensors, blind person would only have to use their Tango. This technology could be implemented on other devices soon, as in Google Glasses, cars ( for automatic driving )…
How it works?
For now it is a research project and we still can not say anything clear about how it will be when released, assuming it finally comes out (I am convinced that a device that is going to be really usefull will be soon on market) . However, we already have some of the progress that we can talk about.
First, Tango uses more devices besides the camera for mapping the environment. If we analyze the latest companies this internet giant has acquired lately, we see that many of them develop technologies that would be useful for Project Tango:

  • Nest acquisition by 3,200 M € : the newly acquired Nest has developed a sophisticated thermostat that could be used in Project Tango to collect environmental data . 
  • Acquisition of Boston Dynamics, among others in the industry of robotics. 
  • Acquisition of Deepmind , specializing in artificial intelligence startup whose software could come in handy for Project Tango.

In short, we can say that Google has very advanced technology that can be used to develop a device that will leave us astonished and will be a breakthrough for the field of augmented reality, among many other advances coming this year and the next.

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06 Feb

Augmented Reality training system

Augmented Reality is very useful to improve the learning curve in industrial processes. This method can be applied in most everyday matters as the one shown in the video below where the user is guided to extract the toner of a printer. However, it can be extrapolated to more industry oriented applications, for example to guide an operator in complex processes such as an engine disassembly.

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04 Feb

Augmented Reality Glasses

Augmented Reality Glasses will revolutionize the world of mobile devices, and soon we will not need any other device. Whenever we talk about AR glasses, we mentioned the Google Glass, however, there are many other alternatives that look that could become worthy competitors to the Google Glass.

One of our favorite is Meta, ambitious glasses that come with a small pocket computer (the size of a cellular), which makes these glasses have an incredible processing power. They also allow us to interact with virtual elements, but why tell this if we can see it in a video.

As you can see, these glasses will give much to talk about and they will probably have great success, though, they should reduce their price: $ 3650 the most advanced version. If you’re interested, and do not mind paying this amount from July this year will be available.

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22 Jan

Augmented Reality for skiers

Clearly Augmented Reality has much to offer in the world of sports , as some of the members of Recon Instrument demonstrated with the launch of Snow2.The Snow2 consists of a HUD ( Heads- Up Display) for practicing winter sports that offers an Augmented Reality vision that can provide data such as speed, altitude changes or the outside temperature. This HUD can be incorporated in different snow googles: Oakley , Scott, Uvex… It incorporates a dual-core processor , GPS, WiFi , Bluetooth, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer , altimeter, sensors to measure heart rate and possibility to connect external cameras . Also you can associate it with your smartphone in order to receive incoming calls. Its price is not excessive if we consider the hardware offered: about 400$. Having in mind that Google Glasses cost about 1,500$, we can say that Snow2’s price is not excessive. Now we just have to check if they really fulfil their purpose and they are an element that we really have to take when we go to the snow.

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17 Jan

Augmented Reality in Education

Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that is gradually becoming part of our lives, sitting in different areas. This technology allows us to combine virtual elements to the real physical environment, resulting in a mixed reality, without replacing the physical reality. This provides us a different perspective to give us the opportunity to develop different activities. It is necessary to use a device (Smartphone, tablet, game console, PC …) with a screen, a camera and any Augmented Reality software. Thus information becomes digital and interactive. One area where the use of the AR is really interesting is education, to be used, for example, in displays, museums or theme parks, but also in the classrooms. But how can we use Augmented Reality in the educational-teaching field? Here are some possible examples:

    • It could improve the interactivity of textbooks, being able to visualize 3D objects, providing a new perspective about different topics and incorporating exercises in which they can explore these objects. For example, architecture associated elements may be displayed as a complete three-dimensional construction, instead of providing the elevation profile and plan of giving greater ease of viewing the user. Moreover, in a more general way, it could be integrated into various subjects such as science, mathematics, languages, physical education, etc.. The only limit depends on the imagination of the teacher, who is the person that will motivate students and will teach them through discovery.
    • Pupils can see virtual 3D objects, but also interact with them. For example, this allows them to see the solar system, select the Sun and discover the different layers of the Sun.
    • Using geolocation AR can provide information about the physical location, create geolocation based on that or design itineraries on certain points of interest scenarios.
    • It could be used as a supplement to support the development of certain business activities, for example in the field of medicine, mechanics or industrial processes. Companies are starting to use Augmented Reality to reduce the time required to learn how to do different tasks.

In conclusion, this technology allows the user to enhance the learning of certain educational content through its partnership with the real world in order to promote the discovery-based learning.

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09 Jan

Iteracting with virtual world

Augmented Reality introduces virtual objects in our reality, so that we have a virtual world around us we can see through our smartphones, tablets and AR glasses. But not only can we see this virtual world, we can interact with it.

In Arsoft we develop augmented reality systems that allow you to interact with virtual objects with our own hands. For example, we can use a virtual keyboard like it was real, or move a virtual model in a presentation like a real object. Less and less importance is given to the physical world, and becomes more important the virtual world, so that interaction with it is a must.
All this is possible because we are a team of experts in Augmented Reality technologies and committed to the products we develop.

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