Developed a system of Augmented Collaborative Reality that may work with up to thousand mobile phones

Researchers Fernández, Orduña i Morillo.

A group of scientists of the School of Engineering of the University of Valencia (ETSE-UV) led by Juan Manuel Orduña, has developed a system of collaborative augmented Reality (CAR) which can works interactively with up to thousand smartphones, whose characteristics have been recently published in the journal ‘Journal of supercomputing’.

This technological advancement allows to enhance the application of the Collaborative Augmented Reality in areas such as the educational, cultural, industrial, and even military, since this technique facilitates the coordinated and joint work from remote terminals.

Juan Manuel Orduña explains that until now it had never been evaluated the provisions of CAR systems based on mobile phones, since for a little while now the mobile phones have the computing power and hardware necessary to provide Augmented Reality interactively. However, the emergence of smart mobile phones or smartphones have turned these devices into very suitable tools for Collaborative Augmented Reality. This work, in which also participate researchers from the University of Valencia Víctor Fernández i Pedro Morillo, offers ‘”a reference on how to design the systems of Collaborative Augmented Reality and on the number of users who can withstand these systems”.

Indeed, this group of the ETSE-UV has made that the use of this technology goes from dozens to thousands users, that is, increase of two orders of magnitude and, therefore, to expand their using possibilities. In this sense, the same researchers’ group of the ETSE-UV published at the end of 2013, also in Journal of supercomputing’, his conclusions about the provisions of smartphones when applications of Collaborative Augmented Reality are used. These provisions differ depending on the hardware and the operative system which incorporate the mobile phones (Android, iOS, etc.) and also impose certain requirements for the Collaborative Augmented Reality applications. On the basis of the conclusions of this study, it was developed a simulator that has allowed to perform a complete study of the CAR systems and to improve its design.

For massive applications

The Collaborative Augmented Reality system designed by the University of Valencia establishes the basis to develop massive CAR systems for affluent places such as museums, stations, airports, sport centres, football stadiums, etc., since “we have proved the technological basis for developing applications where hundreds of people can be looking at their mobile devices the same image of the real world, but modified with 3D objects overlaid in each of the mobiles in a coordinated way”, adds the director of the study.

Juan Manuel Orduña is professor at the Department of Computer Science of the ETSE-UV. He has published more than 120 scientific articles in different advertising mediums, from which 27 are articles published in journals of the ‘Journal Citation Report’ (JCR). He has led several national research projects and he participates in the European network of excellence HiPEAC. In 2003, Orduña created the group of Networks and Virtual Environments (GREV) at the University of Valencia and, since then, he focuses his work on interconnection networks for distributed systems, distributed visual environments and on the development of scalable multiagent systems. Over the last years, the group has begun interdisciplinary collaborations with research groups in the field of Bioinformatics.

On the other hand, Pedro Morillo Tena is tenured professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Valencia, institution in which he develops his personal career, since 1998. He has published more than a hundred scientific articles on related subjects with the Real-Time 3D Graphics (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 3D Simulation), as well as with the Project Management.

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Last update: 1 de april de 2014 07:05.

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