Augmented Reality – Enhancing the Physical With the Digital

Week 4 of field, this week in Ingrid’s Tuesday session we looked at AR. We first had a lecture coving the spectrum of AR technology and application out there and how Ingrid Murphy uses it in her ceramics work and then I set up my own Aurasma AR account and did a few simple test ‘auras’.

AR stands for Augmented Reality, it mostly manifests itself through digital content attached to physical objects, when the object is scanned by an app on a mobile device with an internet connection the digital content is retrieved from the apps sever and displayed over the object. Good trackers or tigger images are static images, things that don’t move or the lighting that does not move, places like museums or art galleries.

Gartner Hype Cycle – 2014

AR has left the trough of disillusionment and is firmly on the rise becoming more popular over the last few weeks.
I grids work, AR has let her add online content onto her work, another dimension to its quality, a new engaging virtual content.
The QR codes on her ceramics also let her track her work around the world as it was sold and the QR codes were scanned around the world and Ingrid could see where the object was. Multiple QR codes on one object allow for multiple stories, view points and ideas. People will continue to interact with the object contemplating the extra virtual material and what it’s connotations are.

Objects can have QR or AR content that can be continually modified by the artist, so the content, meaning ideas can change over time.
AR and user interaction with a object that is not strictly physical interaction.

AR content can be photographic, animation, video, sound, text or anything digital….what could I make it? A password? A riddle? A secret? A gif? Treasure hunt? A poem, a message or story? Motion capture objects, convey a sensory experience? Tactile qualities, environment scans, document the time scale of a piece, material process, how is this made? An artist can in-bed AR and let you see processes and stories the artist or maker went through to make the object.

Pravana mistriy – Ted Talks

Modern Polaxis – AR comics by Sutu

Modern Polaxis

Wearables and AR

While Google Glass may find some specialized, even lucrative, uses in the workplace, its prospects of becoming a consumer hit in the near future are slim, many developers say.

Whatever happened to Google Glass?

One potential avenue for AR that jumps to mind is the use of it with Google Glass and similar devices. Google Glass is essentially a smart phone device in the form of an optical-head-mounted-display (OHMD) and so there are no tech issues there. It would be ideally suited for AR as the projection would always be directly in relation to the viewers eye and not on a rectangle a couple of feet away from the eye, perhaps it would work better.
Interesting fact: Google Glass was used by the military for the first time in Nepal. They used it to combat illegal animal and herb poaching in national parks.

There are problems with Glass however, an emerging dark side you might say – ” Michael DiGiovanni created Winky, a program that allows a Google Glass user to take a photo with a wink of an eye, while Marc Rogers, a principal security researcher at Lookout, discovered that Glass can be hijacked if a user could be tricked into taking a picture of a malicious QR code, demonstrating the potential to be used as a weapon in cyberwarfare.[75]” – Wikipedia “Concerns have been raised by cyber forensics experts at the University of Massachusetts who have developed a way to steal smartphone and tablet passwords using Google Glass. The specialists developed a software program that uses google glass to track finger shadows as someone types in their password. Their program then converts the touchpoints into the keys they were touching, allowing them to catch the passcodes.[84]” – Wikipedia

Microsoft has now unveiled HoloLens – “We envisioned a world where technology could become more personal—where it could adapt to the natural ways we communicate, learn, and create. Where our digital lives would seamlessly connect with real life.

The result is the world’s most advanced holographic computing platform, enabled by Windows 10. For the first time ever, Microsoft HoloLens brings high-definition holograms to life in your world, where they integrate with your physical places, spaces, and things.

Holograms will improve the way you do things every day, and enable you to do things you’ve never done before.” – Microsoft. Lets see how this lives up to its claims and how well it does in the aftermath of Google Glass. We may also have to think about the term Holograms….

Look at Unbelievable Bus Shelter. – Project uses a bus shelter to make a normally boring wait entertaining and a social tool, encouraging people to interact, talk and laugh through the shared experience.

YouTube de-augmented reality, sketches on acetate, humorous and light fun –


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