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Case studies — Augmented reality (AR)

In May 2011 EligoVision company designed an interactive project called Space Communication using the «living 3D markers» augmented reality technology for Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC).

This project was first demonstrated at the RSCC exhibition stand during Sviaz-Expocomm 2011, a major trade exhibition, in the Expocentre halls on May 10–13, 2011.

It is also presented as an interactive web installation and is available for viewing and download from two sites:

This project provides an example of using augmented reality technology for simple representation of different complex objects used in the space industry.

3D content

The main objective of the presentation was to show the RSCC visitors, using the «living 3D markers» augmented reality technology, the range of both the active and upcoming satellite groups.

The presentation was held on a special glasses free 3D display for attracting maximum attention of the visitors to the exposition and the interactive 3D solution.

This interactive application comprises two controllable 3D models of the RSCC satellite group:

  • detailed 3D model of the full group of the active satellites;
  • detailed 3D model of the upcoming satellites group.

For this project, a set of three markers was created. Two main markers were used to represent two 3D models: the first one — a detailed 3D model of the full group of the active satellites (11 satellites), providing the opportunity to view each satellite and its coverage area; the second one — a detailed 3D model of the upcoming satellites group (7 satellites) with the same opportunity.

A third, supplementary marker was also created. It helped to change the language of the information presented on the main markers from Russian into English and vice versa.

As a screen saver to the interactive augmented reality solution on the glasses free 3D display, there was a continuous slide show of 11 three-dimensional photos showing satellite dishes from different perspectives, as well as photos of the launch of RSCC satellites and satellite 3D models. They attracted everyone’s attention with their depth of the image and interesting perspectives.

 

When a flyer with the «living 3D marker» was placed into the camera’s view, a 3D model appeared on the screen which represented either the full group of the active RSCC satellites, or the full group of the active and upcoming satellites together.

After an additional short introduction, by rotating the marker before the camera, the user could choose either one of the 11 active satellites (on the first marker) or one of the 7 upcoming satellites (on the other marker).

In order to zoom into one of the satellites and see all its coverage areas on the planet Earth, one could hold the marker on the chosen satellite for 5 seconds.

After the satellite was big enough, the visitor could use the same marker to move or rotate the 3D satellite model before the camera.

For ease of navigation and control, in the left bottom corner of the monitor there was an additional window where the user could see both the marker and their own actions with the «living 3D marker».

An interesting supplement to this exhibition 3D solution became the broadcast of the image from the glasses free 3D display to the wall with 9 screens which was just above the RSCC stand reception area. Everything that happened in the display was shown in the screen system.

Program demonstration

You can immediately test this engaging project on your own computer if it is equipped with an integrated or external webcam.

For demonstration, please visit this page and follow our instructions on the application’s viewing and download.

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