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Mainstreaming Augmented Reality

maintenance technician pressing virtual buttons

An augmented-reality application developed at Columbia University. The "opportunistic controls" shown in this image are virtual buttons on a raised portion of an aircraft engine housing, providing haptic feedback for a maintenance technician.

Photograph Courtesy of Blair Macintyre and Steven Felner

Advancements in computer vision, object recognition, and related technologies are leading to new levels of sophistication in augmented-reality applications and presenting new ways for humans to relate to the natural world.

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