General document | Summer Vacation Placement LD04: Investigating the Utility of Augmented Reality for Land Logistics
Augmented Reality (AR) is a powerful platform that combines virtual objects and information with real time surroundings. Even though its underlying concepts may resemble virtual reality, AR devices have the potential for mixed reality, where virtual objects can interact with real surroundings. The Epson Moverio BT-200 is digital eyewear capable of producing AR. Its dual screen glasses were cutting edge at theirtime of release and provide an AR experience using their many sensors. Our study explored the intricacies of working with AR using the Epson Moverio BT-200. The software and hardware capabilities of these glasses were explored and then illustrated through the design and implementation of a number of proof-of-concept and prototype AR applications. These applications were tested and evaluated to scope the possible uses of AR technology in support of our research into Land Logistics and in support of Land Logistics more generally.
This report documents the outcomes of an investigation into the utility of Augmented Reality (AR) for Land Logistics and Combat Service support, under Defence Science and Technology Group’s 2016/17 Summer Vacation Placement program. The investigation was carried out by two students, Chelsea Fortuna (on a 6 week placement) and Matthew Howe (on a 12 week placement).
AR has been an emerging technology for a number of years and rapid development in hardware and software surrounding this technology now mean that potential applications are being developed within Defence. This report documents the exploration of the use of the Epson Moverio BT-200 AR glasses in a Land Logistics setting and beyond.
Through the course of this investigation a number of applications of AR were conceived, built and/or tested. These applications included an inventory management app, a ‘MedicAssist’ app, a 3D visualisation tool, and a mechanic tutorial app. Other applications that were not developed or tested in full include terrain visualisation/ simulation, route tracking/optimisation, tele-assistance/tele-operation, invisible armour, and a war game/simulator for training purposes. These ideas encompass some of what Defence could utilise this technology for in the future.
Through this investigation it was found that often the Epson Moverio BT-200 AR glasses were insufficient for visualising complex 3D scenes; however, they can be used for applications where hands-free information, and simple animations/images and videos need to be presented to the wearer. Other AR hardware such as the Microsoft HoloLens and Google Glass should be explored for more demanding applications although these both have their pros and cons which need to be considered before purchasing and deploying.