Design Mill Attends I/ITSEC 2014
This December a core team from Design Mill attended the I/ITSEC 2014 conference in Orlando, FL. I/ITSEC is the world’s largest Modeling, Simulation & Training Conference attracting over 15,000 international attendees annually. President Nathan Greiner, Operations Manager Rodger Willis, and R&D Manager Sam Murley supported the Marine Corps System Command booth and assisted in demonstrating Augmented Reality technologies. While there, the DMI team had the opportunity to discuss the future of Augmented Reality and the importance of adaptive Human Computer Interaction when integrating this technology.
Not only was DMI able to show how their current programs can augment 3D content and data onto real-world environments, but they were also able to engage with innovations from other exhibiting developers. Murley commented on the trends among exhibitors, “We really saw the emergence of new and improved mixed-reality hardware this year at I/ITSEC. From Augmented Reality Sand Tables to Eye-Tracking systems, the wearable hardware is finally catching up with the software capability while becoming less-invasive to the end user.”
With Augmented Reality technology taking off this year, some common themes are already emerging on the horizon for the coming year. “In 2015, we can expect to see advancements in depth detection, better glasses, and further backing by the big three (Apple, Microsoft and Google). It might very well be the year that consumers find the next generation of computer vision applications living on devices they actual own,” says Murley. DMI has recently updated their own Augmented Reality Browser, Insite™ with major improvements including instant tracking, support for RGB-D capture mode, edge-based tracking algorithms used when lighting and environmental conditions change, and RGB-D face tracking for Windows.
The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC ) promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various Government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs, identification of common training issues and development of multi-service programs. The conference consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students.