Augmented Reality Binoculars



Oskiper, T., Sizintsev, M., Branzoi, V., Samarasekera, S., & Kumar, R. (2013, 1-4 October). Augmented reality binoculars. Paper presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR’13), Adelaide, Australia.


In this paper we present an augmented reality binocular system to allow long range high precision augmentation of live telescopic imagery with aerial and terrain based synthetic objects, vehicles, people and effects. The inserted objects must appear stable in the display and must not jitter and drift as the user pans around and examines the scene with the binoculars. The design of the system is based on using two different cameras with wide field of view, and narrow field of view lenses enclosed in a binocular shaped shell. Using the wide field of view gives us context and enables us to recover the 3D location and orientation of the binoculars much more robustly, whereas the narrow field of view is used for the actual augmentation as well as to increase precision in tracking. We present our navigation algorithm that uses the two cameras in combination with an IMU and GPS in an Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) and provides jitter free, robust and real-time pose estimation for precise augmentation. We have demonstrated successful use of our system as part of a live simulated training system for observer training, in which fixed and rotary wing aircrafts, ground vehicles, and weapon effects are combined with real world scenes.

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