The Wearable Computer Lab conducts world class research in a variety of fields, including augmented reality, wearable computing, 3D Computer Graphics, and human/computer interfaces. This page gives an overview of our work, for more information on a project please visit its project page.
Spatial Augmented Reality
Spatial Augmented Reality (SAR) is a branch of AR research utilising digital projectors as the display technology. The lab conducts research into novel interaction techniques and systems for SAR, presentation of information, and advanced rendering techniques.
- Interactive SAR
- Prototyping with SAR
- Advanced Rendering for SAR
- Projector-Based Augmented Reality for In-Situ Support for the Automotive Industry
- Procedural Augmented Reality Systems in the Fabrication Facilities
- Virtual Worlds Impacting Real Worlds
The WCL also worked in the visualization space, both using traditional displays and virtual worlds.
For several years, the Wearable Computer Lab has been at the forefront of outdoor AR research. Our hardware platform, the Tinmith wearable computer features powerful graphics capabilities, integrated GPS and orientation sensors, and a head worn display. Using this system, we are able to conduct research into mobile and outdoor AR interaction techniques.
- In-situ Modelling in Outdoor AR
- Outdoor AR Menu Systems
- Corrosion Augmented Reality Visualisation
- Augmented viewport: Interaction at a distance
New Input Devices and Hardware
Our research into interaction techniques and HCI issues sometimes requires us to develop new hardware and input devices. These devices allow us to prototype and evaluate interaction techniques that would be impossible to achieve using standard computer peripherals such as the keyboard and mouse.
Active Tangible User Interfaces
In Tangible User Interfaces (TUI) digital information is mapped to physical artefacts such that direct manipulation of the corresponding artefacts result in manipulations to the digital information. Active Tangible User Interfaces (ATUI) extends this concept by expanding the functionality of the physical artefacts, allowing the artefacts to transform in order to reflect the changes to the mapped data, by external sources. In this project we aim to extend the paradigm even further by introducing concurrent data manipulations to a singular dataset via the use of distributed active tangible user interfaces.
Below is a list of projects that have been worked on in the past. These projects are not actively being developed, however may be continued at some point in the future.
- ARQuake: Interactive Outdoor Augmented Reality Collaboration System
- MPX: Multi-pointer X
- Digital Stethoscope
Wireless Sensor Networks for Corrosion Sensing
Wireless capture of condition and operational environment data for real time fault detection and maintenance management
This project utilises state of the art embedded system technologies to develop a suite of application prototypes for the following building blocks of maintenance management
- Sensing the operating environment of an asset for critical variables such as temperature, pressures, humidity etc.;
- Providing plug and play interface to analogue sensors;
- Embedding health and maintenance history of an asset with the asset so that it carries the same throughout its life cycle;
- sensor network to improve detection of failure and tracking of reliability and environmental risks;
- Decision support modules for condition assessment and trend analysis, based on the data captured through ‘a’ and ‘b’ above.
- Open systems compliant remote online condition monitoring.
- End to end integrated supply chain visibility of spares.
Digital Stethoscopes provide valuable means of training new medical staff to identify a variety of heart, lung and bowel sounds, by allowing its use as either an acquisition instrument or by direct practical demonstration. It is hoped that by the application of digital processing techniques substantial visualisation can also be associated with the audible frequencies of the heart. Successful cross-correlation of polygraphic data can ultimately transform the outdated analogue stethoscope to a more effective modern-day diagnostics tool.
For quick reference, here is a list of all projects that are both past and current in the lab.