As of today the Fraunhofer IGD is demonstrating at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara that AR does not have to stay a hype. For many years the Fraunhofer researchers have been developing AR solutions for industrial applications. With VisionLib they are presenting an AR tracking library, specifically designed for companies, from May 31 to June 2.
Tracking is the core technology for augmented reality as it registers position and orientation of the camera in real-time. For industrial applications, tracking has to work without scene preparation (e.g. markers or feature maps), and 3D objects or machinery components have to be recognized in changing illuminations and surroundings.
With VisionLib, researchers at Fraunhofer IGD have created a licensable software library that provides a multi-award-winning tracking solution. VisionLib is specially designed for industrial AR applications. The tracking processes are based on CAD models of the objects.
Because developers of industrial AR applications need stable tracking even in changing lighting conditions, the Fraunhofer technology is particularly appealing. Here, VisionLib offers a one-fits-all tracking solution which is robust, accurate, and high performing at the same time. The computer vision tracking library relies on a model based tracking approach: industries can use their CAD data and create tracking configurations on their own - without previous knowledge of the scene-to-be-tracked.
The tracking is easy-to-setup and easy-to-integrate into your industrial infrastructure. VisionLib is offered as a plugin for Unity3D and can be used with iOS, Android, Windows and Hololens. Deploy your tracking as native component on your smartphone or run it as web service on your cloud.
Like previously shown at the CeBIT 2017 in Hannover, the Fraunhofer researchers from Darmstadt are presenting an AR demonstration at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara. This AR technology is being visualized with the help of a sports car, type 911, provided by the car producer Porsche. “We show AR is not just hype but ready to be used in everyday working life.“, says Dr. Ulrich Bockholt, Head of Competence Center „Virtual und Augmented Reality“ at Fraunhofer IGD „Modern AR glasses like the HoloLens are a crucial tool for this.“