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A. Einstein

Case studies — Augmented reality (AR)

The new GEOS-3 augmented reality project ordered by JSC Russian Space Systems was presented at ChipExpo, a large Russian electronics exhibition held on November 13, 2011.

The project utilizes «living 3D markers» technology and builds on the success of its predecessor «GEOS System» 3D presentation. 

Click here to learn more about the previous project.

Demo available for free at

GEOS-3 presentation provides a good example of how augmented reality can help explain complex objects i.e. a microchip, or GNSS navigation receivers, and illustrates their areas of application.


3D content

This interactive 3D application features an amazing flight from the Earth orbit right down to the Expocentre halls, as well as a number of new virtual scenes.

After the virtual landing the user can explore a detailed 3D model of the upgraded GEOS-3 navigation receiver accompanied with bright 3D graphics. The model is attached to the marker and can be viewed in full detail at any angle.

Having learned the device specifications and its competitive benefits, the user gets to the new interactive menu to see how we can make use of GEOS-3 in everyday life. Various objects representing possible areas of application are shown: 

  • a truck (Traffic Monitoring);
  • a car (Personal Navigation);
  • a kid and a man in a wheelchair (Social GLONASS);
  • road police and ambulance cars (ERA-GLONASS).

Navigation is done by means of turning the augmented reality marker in front of the camera. Should the marker stay still for more than 3 seconds an impressive glasses free 3D animation is launched to explain the chosen area.

For example, ERA-GLONASS features a model of a car accident, while Social GLONASS section shows how the microchip helps a kid find his way home.

The presentation is available in Russian and English. One can also use the language selection marker to switch between the languages.

At ChipExpo the presentation was running on a special glasses free 3D display in order to attract more attention to the stand, and the 3D solution. You can also see it at our office, as well as at the JSC Russian Space Systems representative office.