At the Natrans-Arabia 2015 Trade Fair in Abu Dhabi, in conjunction with Ahlborn and COO Bibop G. Gresta, we were proud to unveil the premiere of the Augmented Reality Wall for Hyperloop. Interactive, visual, and fascinating: viewers had the chance to explore the Hyperloop project via 3D simulation, with panoramic lenses and vivid animations. Here are some of the first detailed impressions; more details and videos will follow soon.
WHY AUGMENTED REALITY FOR HYPERLOOP?
The Hyperloop project is without a doubt one of the most exciting projects of our time-innovative and certainly disruptive. Early believers in the project as well as the media following the last few days were finally rewarded with news that this mere vision had transformed to reality: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies will begin the construction of the first test track in Quay Valley, California.
The more disruptive a technology, the better it is to declare it as such. At the same time, the fascination and passion for the lives involved in Hyperloop is also an exciting story in itself. The AR app for the Augmented Reality Wall provides this information in an interactive and engaging way-the user becomes an active participant in this concept instead of a passive spectator. We created four different scenarios on the app: start, information, explore, configurator. The app grows and develops as Hyperloop does-new content is created with each new step.
HYPERLOOP AUGMENTED REALITY WALL: START, INFORMATION, 3D EXPLORER AND CONFIGURATOR
The ‘start’ scene on the left allows the visitor to peer inside the vaccum tube-after a few seconds, the Hyperloop capsule emerges from the wall and can be viewed up close. In ‘3D Explorer,’ we simulate the route from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The viewer sees the Hyperloop glide through the tubes, while in the background, a plane hovers overhead and a highway is on the horizon. The 3D animation explains the workings of the vaccum system to show the improved travel times of the transport methods compared.
Inside the ‘information’ case, the user can see through the virtual POIs on the AR Wall, ‘float’ and select a topic. To help the user find out additional information on how the Hyperloop operates, there are animations, videos, and details of the vacuum system-such as real simulation data from pump supplier and world's most innovative vacuum company Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum-as well as innovative solutions for energy and security.
The ‘configurator’ shows the system of pillars, pipes and solar panels in 3D. As soon as the user moves through the tube, the capsule-which can be viewed by zooming arbitrarily using rotating gestures-appears from every angle. When you click on ‘Interior,’ you suddenly find yourself in the comfortable Business Class capsule with 28 other people.
In addition to the commenting and rating function of the app, the user is able to share content directly on Twitter. In fact, users had the ability to post photos of themselves in AR mode with the Hyperloop, which proved to be an resounding hit in Abu Dhabi.
We presented the Augmented Reality Wall with the Hyperloop team in Abu Dhabi, and it’s already on the road again bound for Africa. It will seek out other lands before reaching its home in the showroom of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies in Los Angeles, California.
In the meantime, we’ll use the great user feedback we received to enhance the content and user story so we can continue to improve. Stay tuned for the debut of the AR Wall in Europe, which is coming soon. Check back for updates in the next blog post.