Embedded vision technology is an essential component for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) environments. Essentially, embedded vision allows AR/VR headsets to capture the world around them in an extremely compact space. Without embedded vision, AR environments wouldn’t be able to accurately super impose virtual objects onto real ones, and virtual reality wouldn’t be able to recreate virtual worlds based off of real ones.
But AR and VR technology is advancing rapidly. Embedded vision is at the heart of this technological process, helping carry these applications into a more radical future.
Recent Advances in Embedded Vision and AR/VR
One of the more recent advances in AR/VR, with embedded vision at the heart of it all, is the development of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). To summarize, SLAM uses physical data to construct maps of unknown environments while also identifying the location within that map. This technology allows for multiple people to be working or playing together in the same virtual map and same time in real-time.
Another advance in AR/VR involves the inspection of headset displays. This has been a challenge thus far as there was no way to inspect displays that mimicked the way the human eye would view the display. Now, new inspection systems have been developed that can inspect AR/VR display from only a few millimeters away.
The Future of Embedded Vision and AR/VR
One project under development from a deep-pocketed tech company combines AR and VR to create a mixed-reality environment. Somewhere between an AR and VR environment, this technology relies heavily on embedded depth-sensing camera technology for accuracy and detail.
Similar technology is used to create systems that understand hand gestures and facial expressions – a highly valuable capability in AR and VR. This way players of a video game, for example, can use their hands as controllers and to grasp things while detecting and avoiding physical objects in the real world.
Embedded vision technology is at the heart of AR and VR technology. As one advances, the other benefits, and recently both technologies have been progressing towards a more radical future of AR/VR environments.
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