In my session today at the Business Meets Research Event here in Luxembourg was Prof. Dr. Didier Stricker of DFKI in Kaiserslautern (Germany). For readers on here Prof. Dr. Stricker has been involved in the augmented reality community for some time where in addition to focusing on solving technical problems he has explored using augmented reality in real world “consumer” situations.
Following on from my recent post on augmented reality clothing, his work in the Micro-dress project should be of interest to people. One aim is to help reduce the amount of clothing returns that people make to online stores – which can apparently be as much as 70% of the garments that are sold. A system such as micro-dress should help avoid returns but also will allow people to customise their clothing online, with the details then being sent to the manufacturer. As a result the supply chain management aspects in such enterprises can also be improved.
Another of his projects which caught my attention is AR-Handbook, essentially this involves using a mobile phone to capture a task (e.g. installing ram on a computer). Editing the file and add in some augmented reality content then uploading or sharing this file with others. The system has been designed to automate as much of the process as possible, therefore making producing what could previously have been a set of manuals much easier. The result is that instead of vast bulky paper manuals people can see how to complete the task by overlaying the augmented reality view onto their own environment. This should in theory make completing certain kinds of repetitive standard tasks much easier.