Project overview

Augmented Reality (AR)

“A technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.”

… in other words …

“AR will allow you to see and explore real views of rooms you are planning, with realistic computer-generated elements added“

Diminished Reality (DR)

“A technology that visually removes objects in a view of the real world.”

… in other words …

“DR will allow you to see and explore real views of rooms you are planning, with existing elements partially or fully removed”

Description

In many application areas (e.g. interior design, furniture retailing or renovation), communication with a customer or future user during the planning and design phase it is crucial for selecting the right products and configurations. AR has the potential to make the communication processes highly effective and provide a better experience for the customer. Current AR authoring solutions are quite complex and require manually creating scenes or rely on objects prepared with even more complex applications (e.g. CAD). ATLANTIS will fill this gap in authoring AR experiences by creating a faithful textured geometric (3D) representation from images of the real scene and identifying and segmenting objects in the scene and associating them with the 3D representation.

The ATLANTIS authoring tool will enable the fusion of 3D CG elements with real scenes in a guided manner using artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate more productive and effective content creation. This allows automatic alignment of inserted objects and automated layout generation, enabling the user to interact with different options without the need to manually author each of them. In addition, ATLANTIS will innovate beyond traditional AR authoring by complementing the capacity with Diminished Reality (DR) authoring capabilities, enabling the removal and replacement of real objects in the scene allowing to visualise also heavy changes to an environment. The innovations of ATLANTIS will be integrated in an existing solution for interior design and retailing, and validated with professionals and customers.

Vision

ATLANTIS will provide a unique AR authoring environment, building on a set of AI-based processing services and content analysis tools, complemented by an AR application; which will transform the process of authoring AR experiences.

Goal

To provide an AR authoring tool enabling non-expert users to easily create natural, and persistent AR experiences, combined with DR in order to eventually offer a unique visual experience enabling design professionals to better convey their concepts.