Augmented reality is a matter not massively approached, and still, a company by the name of Tanagram Partners has been busy lately, researching and designing such a solution, but targeted at the military
, rather than for consumers to aid them find snack stores. Its target is the development of an augmented reality solution that would take advantage of super lightweight sensors, capable of translating hostile feedback during warfare.
Tanagram Partners' CEO, Joseph Juhnke, presented the patent-pending at the Augmented Reality Event in California, showcasing how the technology could be implemented and enhance the accuracy and agility of soldiers. I won't even think about the price, simply because the target is the military, namely a field that does not get limited by costs. First things first, the solution includes the use of super lightweight translucent OLED
goggles, to serve as real-time monitor displaying various information and feedback regarding the hostile forces.
The feedback and information would be outputted from several sensors, including ultra-violet and infrared sensors, stereoscopic cameras and even a 360-degree camera, so I can presume that communication between squadron members, as well as between squadron leaders would take a whole new meaning. Pinpointing an enemy will no longer mean locating by reference points, but actually very accurate using GPS coordinates, and highlighting on the OLED goggles.
Rescue missions will also get a lot safer, since teams can see a 3D model of the building where the prisoners are held, and judge much easier whether they should risk assaulting it directly, or go covert. All for the best, Tanagram Partners is funded partly by DARPA, and wishes to make the technology ready for use by next year. Also, Tanagram Partners mentioned something about an iPhone version of their software to be available
in early 2011, to further market their developments.
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