Augmented Reality Video See-through HMD Oriented to Product Design Assessment

  • Giandomenico Caruso
  • Umberto Cugini
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5622)

Abstract

Current state of the art technology offers various solutions for developing virtual prototyping applications that also allow the interaction with the real environment. In particular, Augmented Reality (AR) technologies include tracking systems, stereoscopic visualization systems, photorealistic rendering tools, hi-resolution video overlay systems that allow us to create various types of applications where the virtual prototype is contextualized within the real world. One application domain is product design: AR technologies allow designers to perform some evaluation tests on the virtual prototype of industrial products without the necessity to produce a physical prototype. This paper describes the development of a new Video See-Through Head Mounted Display (VST-HMD) that is high-performing and based on stereoscopic visualization. The developed display system overcomes some issues concerning the correct visualization of virtual objects that are close to the user’s point of view. The paper also presents the results of some tests about an AR application developed for product design assessment.

Keywords

Augmented Reality Head Mounted Display Video See-Through HMD Design Assessment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giandomenico Caruso
    • 1
  • Umberto Cugini
    • 1
  1. 1.Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di MeccanicaMilanoItaly

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