Augemented Reality [AR] can be applied to both indoor and outdoor
Outdoors - GPS and orientation sensors enable
backpack computing systems to take AR outdoors.
Sports - AR is commonly used today to show
particular trajectories or positions of sports objects, such as
the line of golf drives, tennis shots, sailing tracks, football
games and hockey games.
Note: The degree of augmented reality varies greatly with each
sports use application. For instance, in football, the real-world
elements are the football field and players. The virtual element
is the yellow line, which is drawn over the image by computers in
real time. This is not a pure application of augmented reality,
as objects are not inserted into the real environment, and there
is no interaction with these virtual objects.
Augmented reality can be used in so many ways, and in many different
Complex Task Support
Support with complex tasks, in assembly, maintenance, surgery etc.
By inserting of additional information into the field of view
(for example, a mechanic getting labels displayed at parts of a
system and getting operating instructions)
by visualization of hidden objects (during medical diagnostics or
surgery as a virtual X-ray view, based on prior tomography or on
real time images from ultrasound or open NMR devices, e.g., a doctor
could "see" the fetus inside the mother's womb)
in airplanes (headup displays in fighter jets are one of the first
AR applications anyhow; meanwhile fully interactive as well, with
Military and emergency services (wearable systems, showing instructions,
maps, enemy locations, fire cells etc.). Navigation devices in buildings,
e.g. maintenance of industrial plants or outdoors, e.g. military
operations or disaster management
in cars (headup displays or personal display glasses showing navigation
hints and traffic information)
Prospecting in hydrology, ecology, geology (display and interactive
analysis of terrain characteristics, interactive three-dimensional
maps that could be collaboratively modified and analyzed)
Arcitectural Design And Presentation
Visualization of architecture (virtual resurrection of destroyed
historic buildings as well as simulation of planned construction
Video - Sample Presentation Using AR Components
Replacement of cellphone and car navigator screens: eye-dialing,
insertion of information directly into the environment, e.g. guiding
lines directly on the road.
Labels or any text related to the objects/places seen, rebuilt
ruins, building or even landscape as seen in the past. Combined
with a wireless network the amount of data displayed is limitless
(encyclopedic articles, news, etc...).
Simulation, e.g. flight and driving simulators
Collaboration of distributed teams and conferences with real and
joint work at simulated 3D models. Hold Virtual conferences in 'holodeck'
Entertainment and Education
virtual objects in museums and exhibitions bring knowledge centers
into entertainment centers.
Augmented Reality applications are now in common use in museums
and science exhibition center displays. These instances use projectors
and screens to insert objects into the real environment, enhancing
the exhibition. Rather than just a flat 2D image on a simple TV
screen, these objects are related to the environment of the screen
or display, and often interactive.
Augmented reality is a natural capablity for use in theme park
attractions (Such as Cadbury World) and games (e.g. ARQuake)
Enhanced media applications, like pseudo holographic virtual screens,
virtual surround cinema, virtual 'holodecks' (allowing computer-generated
imagery to interact with live entertainers and audience).
In the Star Trek universe, the Jem'Hadar used a sort of augmented
display to view the real world and what was outside the ship, integrating
with the star ship's main sensors to gain an outside view of the
The television series Firefly depicts numerous AR applications,
including a real-time medical scanner which allows a doctor to use
his hands to manipulate a detailed and labeled projection of a patient's