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Visualizing UAS-collected imagery using augmented reality
Author(s): Damon M. Conover; Brittany Beidleman; Ryan McAlinden; Christoph C. Borel-Donohue
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Paper Abstract

One of the areas where augmented reality will have an impact is in the visualization of 3-D data. 3-D data has traditionally been viewed on a 2-D screen, which has limited its utility. Augmented reality head-mounted displays, such as the Microsoft HoloLens, make it possible to view 3-D data overlaid on the real world. This allows a user to view and interact with the data in ways similar to how they would interact with a physical 3-D object, such as moving, rotating, or walking around it. A type of 3-D data that is particularly useful for military applications is geo-specific 3-D terrain data, and the visualization of this data is critical for training, mission planning, intelligence, and improved situational awareness. Advances in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), photogrammetry software, and rendering hardware have drastically reduced the technological and financial obstacles in collecting aerial imagery and in generating 3-D terrain maps from that imagery. Because of this, there is an increased need to develop new tools for the exploitation of 3-D data. We will demonstrate how the HoloLens can be used as a tool for visualizing 3-D terrain data. We will describe: 1) how UAScollected imagery is used to create 3-D terrain maps, 2) how those maps are deployed to the HoloLens, 3) how a user can view and manipulate the maps, and 4) how multiple users can view the same virtual 3-D object at the same time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10207, Next-Generation Analyst V, 102070C (3 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2262864
Show Author Affiliations
Damon M. Conover, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Brittany Beidleman, USC Institute for Creative Technologies (United States)
Ryan McAlinden, USC Institute for Creative Technologies (United States)
Christoph C. Borel-Donohue, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10207:
Next-Generation Analyst V
Timothy P. Hanratty; James Llinas, Editor(s)

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