Advanced Augmented Reality Technologies for Industrial Service Applications

The objective of ARTESAS was the exploration and testing of fundamental Augmented Reality (AR) technologies for the employment in the area of industrial service. The project was based on results from the BMBF MTI (Human Machine Interaction) project ARVIKA. In several industrial scenarios (airplane, car, power station, mechanical engineering) AR technologies were developed and tested. At present the utilization of today available results is further pursued by the industrial partners in co-operation and also individually. However, in order to supply these results to a broad use for industrial applications, the identified critical topics were treated within the ARTESAS project. The main focus of the project was:
  • Instrumentation-free tracking algorithms for rough industrial environments
  • User-friendly AR devices
  • Information and authoring systems for the creation of AR-supported service instructions
  • Realisation and testing in industrial application fields

Work of the WZL
In this project the WZL was primarily concerned with the realisation of the information and authoring systems for an efficient use of AR.

On the one hand, the challenge was in the support of the creation of individual scenes and complete taskflows, in which AR was used. Here not only the AR-specific information was to be considered, but in particular the information for the service, start-up, maintenance and repair relevant for the application domain (e.g. control system at a machine tool).

On the other hand only insufficient run time environments were available for the processing of context-sensitive AR-based operational sequences. Both aspects were closely connected to one another and are partly base on similar basic concepts.

ARTESAS was funded by the Federal Ministry for education and research (BMBF) and supervised by the project executing organisation responsible for information technology at the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Project duration: February 2004 - June 2006

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