Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality  basically merges information or images with video streamed from a webcam. This can be considered a step beyond data mashup. The result is similar to virtual reality but uses real-world images in real-time.

Augmented reality can be used to improve practical competences in-the-field. Liestøl recreated several environments in Oslo using Situated Reality, a combination of mixed and augmented reality/virtuality [Liestøl, 2009]. The following figures shows an application dedicated to a Viking ship, aiming to show its rich content. The second picture is dedicated to the Mission Dolores in San Francisco. The environment offers information about the building in two view modes: experiential and informative. In the informative mode, the link layer is represented by ‘balloon labels’, which, when activated, give access to audio narration and/or close up visual representations of smaller objects.

Our group is researching to apply Augmented Reality applications for engineering. In particular, some applications are being developed for electronics.