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Augmented reality: Microvision's step forward



Augmented reality: Microvision's step forward

With ultraportable computers comes the idea of integrated vision and control systems.

In the future you might wear digital glasses that will superimpose digital content on top of the reality. Walking near a newspaper's building you would see, through these glasses, the latest headlines scrolling on its facade. Look at a bus stop from accross the street and you might see the GPS location of the next coach, thanks to a combination of small computers, fast wireless networks and innovative display techniques.

In augmented reality, your display system would have to be aware of its surroundings in order to display meaningful informations in different contexts. This interaction is still technically too difficult to implement. However, passive augmented vision display systems are already here.

Current headset displays involve putting a miniature monitor in front of one of the user's eyes thus blocking his vision. The ideal would be a see-through system.

Microvision is going in that direction by proposing -right now- its expert display systems, printing computer graphics straight on the operator's retina's via a laser. The graphics are seen as floating at some distance from the eyes.

With the Nomad headset, an automotive technician can compare the conformity of an engine with its design plans by looking at it directly. They claim an average 10.5% increase in the operator's efficiency and up to +/-40%. The system is expensive and still bulky but this technology will, for sure, find its way towards the general public in the next decade(s).
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