Interesting history of Augmented Reality

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Oct 1, 2018 · 3 min read

Augmented reality technology is one of the most promising technologies which is being present between us from 1968. The first person to introduce the Augmented Reality services properly was the computer scientist Ivan Sutherland. He developed first of its kind AR system which was a head-mounted display (HMD) system. He named that system “The Sword of Damocles”. The simple task of that machine was to generated graphics to display simple wireframe drawings.

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An interesting journey of Augmented Reality

Later the year 1968, a computer artist Myron Krueger lay the foundation for an artificial reality workshop and named it “Videoplace” in the year 1974, Myron combined digital parts like video cameras, projectors, and some special purpose hardware which was able to emit onscreen silhouettes.

Augmented Reality in Airplane Industry

Later on, in the year 1990, a Boeing researcher named Tom Caudell used augmented reality for improving some workflow in the aviation industry. Tom and his colleague David proposed that the engineers who are working on the configuration of the aeroplane wiring system should wear HMD (Head Mounted Display) as it will project aeroplane schematics on reusable boards.

In the year 1992, augmented reality technology was at its peak. A researcher named Louis Rosenberg introduced “Virtual Fixtures” which was used for giving training to the US airforce pilots for better flying practices.

NASA used Augmented Reality for the first time in 1999

When we are talking about such a magnificent technology, how could NASA be on the back seat? In the year 1999, the NASA X-38 spacecraft was launched leveraging a Hybrid Synthetic Vision system that was using an augmented reality mechanism to overlay map data to enhance the visual navigation in the flight testing period.

Google brought AR into the mainstream

AR came under the spotlight in the year 2013 when Google was working on the “Glass” project, and after a few months, Google gave the sample Glasses to the audience to experience the real Augmented Reality.

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