An AR platform so good even the military uses it? In this case, the platform in question is Gravity Jack’s PoindextAR– a system capable of detecting and augmenting any object without the need for markers and it can do so using any smart device with a camera. A bold claim would be an understatement, considering how tough it is to accomplish even with today’s devices (whatever happened to Google Glass?).
Some of the more prominent AR applications such as ScanLife, Popcode or Google goggles rely on markers or tags as visual identifiers to superimpose virtual elements onto real objects. They can then be manipulated for various viewing angles, displayed with pertinent data relevant to what’s being displayed. PointextAR does away with the need to place identifying makers by tracking the position of the object- from screws to skyscrapers, regardless if the object is in motion.
According to Gravity Jack, the platform can measure a 6-DOF pose for any object with just a single image or video frame down to just a fraction of an inch using mobile devices or HMDs (Head Mounted Displays). While the object in question is highlighted, you can select a component that needs to be replaced on the object, and it will overlay its location and tools needed to get the job done.
Convenient for sure, and it can be of value as a learning tool as well–imagine looking at an aircraft engine and having the relevant parts labeled and what their function is or being a med student practicing surgical techniques. Industry will undoubtedly benefit from the platform as Gravity Jack is focusing on the sector, with a possible consumer release to follow shortly after.
Of course, it’s not known exactly how PointextAR functions other than it doesn’t need any specialized hardware or lighting conditions other than an RGB camera, which can be found in nearly everything mobile. Perhaps they will enlighten us more when they present the technology at this year’s Augment World Expo held at the end of this month.