Creating artificial objects or sensations that are introduced in real world images or environments is the goal of this research topic. Detecting environment features and estimating their location is the basis for this project, avoiding the need to use artificial markers. Together with the development of a software platform named OpenAR, there is a strong effort on development of fast pattern detection techniques.
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognised as irrational. In the event the phobia cannot be avoided entirely the sufferer will endure the situation or object with marked distress and significant interference in social or occupational activities.
Some therapists use virtual reality or imagery exercise to desensitise patients to the feared entity. These are parts of systematic desensitisation therapy. We are creating a framework that enables the adaptation of the use of Augmented Reality for these therapies. Using a head mounted display device to which a camera is fixed the user can see the real world with virtual objects.