Apple’s Secret Virtual Reality Project: Everything We Know So Far

Apple is rumored to have a secret research unit with hundreds of employees working on augmented and virtual reality, exploring ways the emerging technologies could be used in future products. One product said to be under development is a virtual reality headset, and Apple has reportedly created several prototypes.

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Volkswagen Unveils Future iOS-Centric Augmented Reality Car Repair App [iOS Blog]

Ahead of the upcoming October 11 InsiderAR augmented reality conference in Munich, German automaker Volkswagen has unveiled an iOS-centric augmented reality service support app for its vehicles, reports The Next Web. Codenamed MARTA, which is short for Mobile Augmented Reality Technical Assistance, the application is designed to be used on Volkswagen’s XL1 concept car and walks technicians through each step of a repair or service, pointing out individual parts and displaying step-by-step instructions to service specific sections.

Using the previous approach, the service technician could only call up digital repair guidelines. For the XL1, these guidelines were supplemented by the MARTA augmented reality function which „labels“ the individual parts and elements with text and shows work instructions clearly.

When MARTA is called up, the system lists all of the jobs to be performed along with the necessary equipment. Each work task to be performed begins with what is known as an initialisation. The vehicle’s silhouette is shown in the display of the mobile end device, and it shows the employee the orientation to be taken in relation to the vehicle. If the silhouette and the camera image of the real vehicle agree, the initialisation is finished successfully. Then the individual context-dependent work steps are shown on the tablet. This gives the employee a new system for identifying work items quicker and more accurately.

Earlier this year, Volkswagen debuted the “iBeetle” with full iPhone integration and special badging, with the automotive maker claiming it was the first car in the world to have a „genuine integrative interface made for the iPhone that was coordinated with Apple.“ Apple also revealed its iOS in the Car feature alongside the unveiling of iOS 7 earlier this year, allowing for compatible car systems to interact with iOS, with support for the feature coming in 2014.

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Augmented Reality Car Manual Helps You With The Oil Change

Back In The Day™, when men were men, cars were cars and boys were forced to work to support their families before their stupid brains were even half developed, we fixed automobiles by kicking their tires and sucking our teeth.

Fast forward to the Space Year 2013 and cars now repair themselves. All you have to do is take it to a repair shop, where they plug it into a computer which sucks the money from your bank account while you take a spin in a “courtesy” car.

But what if you want to tinker? If you own a Ford and an iPad, and don’t mind getting your hands (literally) dirty, then you’ll be happy to hear that there’s a (concept) app for that.

The app is made by augmented reality company ARMedia. You point the iPad at your engine (if you need help opening up the hood, may I suggest checking here) and superimposes floating labels over the parts that can be serviced by the user. In a modern car this list is vanishingly small, but if you want to top up the windshield-wiper reservoir with (distilled or deionized) water then you’re good.

To be honest, this particular application mightn’t be that useful. Plus, you’ll probably leave the iPad on the asphalt and drop a bolt or wrench onto its screen. But imagine if your new washing machine or whatever came with a QR code on the front next to the indecipherable model number, and scanning this code with your iPhone or iPad downloaded an app containing an AR manual.

It would be great! Every time you were fired to use the washing machine (because your mom is out of town or something), you could point your iPhone at the controls and see what each setting does. That would be pretty neat, right?

Source: Armedia
Via: Youtube

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