Improving Our Depth Perception in Augmented Reality

Sports fans have come to expect some of the extras they see on their TV screen, such as the yellow lines that appear on a football field to highlight where the ball needs to go for a first down. Augmented reality, or 'AR,' is used to superimpose computer-generated virtual objects on our view of the real world. With support from the National Science Foundation, Mississippi State University (MSU) researchers are working to improve depth perception in the augmented reality environment. One challenge is aligning an object in the real word so that it precisely lines up with virtual objects. Accurate depth perception is critical to medical and military applications of augmented reality.