How a Parachute Accident Helped Jump-Start Augmented Reality

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“The Air Force had given me access to a wide range of amazing hardware, but when it came to simple cameras, they couldn’t help.” The US Air Force funded Louis Rosenberg’s research into how virtual interfaces overlaid on the real world—what we call augmented reality today—can improve human performance. However, the biggest wrench in Rosenberg’s plans was actually running out of budget for regular cameras. The solution literally fell out of the sky; he managed to salvage two cameras from a failed parachute experiment. Read full article here

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