WEARABLE COMPUTING


IEEE Pervasive Computing, April-June 2009, pp. 8–11

What Wearable Augmented Reality Can Do for You

What Wearable Augmented Reality Can Do for You

by Bruce H. Thomas and Christian Sandor

Imagine you're in a shopping mall trying to meet up with friends. Your sunglasses turn clear and paint virtual arrows on the ground, indicating the direction to walk. As a second example, a fireman has to enter a hospital filled with smoke. His mask displays an outline of the walls and doors, guiding him through the building and showing virtual beacons of patients' locations. Such scenarios will be possible in the near future with wearable computers supporting augmented reality (AR). This article explores wearable AR concepts, presents applications, and peeks into the near future of its possibilities.

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