Can you operate a sewing machine right away? Also one that is over 100 years old? Everyone has probably stood in front of a device and wondered how it should be operated. It is often difficult to see this at first glance. Augmented Things is a concrete augmented reality application from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern, with which information on the handling of an object can be called up via smartphone or tablet.
As part of the exhibition " 50 Years of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern " in the Theodor Zink Museum Kaiserslautern , the DFKI research area Augmented Reality together with the Open Digitization Alliance Palatinate (OD Pfalz) will show from September 12, 2020 that such technologies are not only used in industry and are used in new devices. The example of a Pfaff sewing machine from 1912 makes it clear that you can also virtually bring everyday objects or old objects to life. Augmented Things thus clearly combines the most modern with traditional technology - both “Made in Kaiserslautern”.
With the presented Augmented Things application, the DFKI and OD Pfalz present the universal interface for the Internet of Things: Notes on the viewed object are displayed appropriately in the user's camera image. The information comes from a chip on the object and is accessed via Bluetooth. This means that the system is independent of the Internet or data on the mobile device. It recognizes the object from any angle and offers an extremely intuitive and natural way of looking for additional information.