I want to travel the Spain, Germany, France, Argentina, and South Africa. I want to drive thorough the cities and explore the open country, but there is one problem. I cannot speak their languages and therefore it would be difficult to get around. But what if I was able to get my iPhone and use this particular app to translate the languages for me? By this I would know the directions and avoid getting lost and mugged by thieves. I am checking out Word Lens, an augmented reality iPhone app that is able to translate a number of the major languages. The user just need to direct his camera over the word or sentence and the program will translate this it using augmented reality.
Sure it is not perfect in translating the words and getting all the syntax correctly, but at least the user can have an idea of their environment. There still lots of work to be done, but this app shows just one of the many applications of augmented reality in our daily lives.
I came across this research paper some time ago and I think it a most wonderful idea, although improper usage can make it just as dangerous. The paper is titled “Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs” Karsch, Hedau, Forsyth, and Hoiem (2011). The research focuses on the insertion of synthetic objects into an image scene. The inserted object looks so real that it is almost impossible to tell whether the object had been added to the scene. Shadows and lighting interact with the inserted object like it was in the original scene. Projected applications of this synthetic image insertion method include the movie and gaming industry, home decoration and user content creation, among others. Karsh et al. (2011). I have provided a reference of this paper if you would like to learn more about this amazing photo editing method. I have also provided a video showing the implementation of the method and I think that you will be very impressed.
Reference: Karsch, K., Hedau, V., Forsyth, D., & Hoiem, D. (2011) Tendering synthetic objects into legacy photographs.
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Augmented Reality Heads-Up Display for Firefighters
This breakthrough idea is a Headmounted Display Augmented Reality technology which will help firefighters in their work. It contains a number of tools which offer firefighters a better perception of their environment, thus enabling them to minimize their risk of getting hurt. To get a better idea of this technology, take a look at this video.