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AEROGLASS Report Summary

Project ID: 674045

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - AEROGLASS (Augmented reality aerial navigation for a safer and more effective aviation)

Reporting period: 2015-08-01 to 2016-07-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Our company EU Edge Kft., a cutting edge software developer company and trusted partner of several globally known Hungarian high potential companies (e.g. Prezi and LogMeIn) has developed the concept combining its deep knowledge in augmented reality technologies and the personal background of its founder and CTO, Mr. Ákos Maróy, an active pilot himself. Aero Glass project is a disruptive technology making use of cutting edge augmented reality technologies in aviation industry. The team has developed a product that is able to assist pilots in aerial navigation by visualizing instrument data and flight conditions on an augmented reality head-mounted display. The project is now clearly on a TRL6 level it was tested in real use several times and launched a Pioneer Beta Program in July 2014 with 200 active pilots. In the framework of this grant our general objective is to scale up the technology and its newly developed features to wider commercial use.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Aero Glass was launched 1st of August 2015 and its duration is 24 months. One year has passed and the most important technical work packages has been started, 4 WPs were closed with successful results that were reported in deliverables without delay. First we specified four data sources to feed global data to the Aero Glass database in hierarchical order. The core of Aero Glass database has taken shape as planned and expected. Then we had been continuously working on the VFR and IFR applications that has just been completed and reported by M12. In the meantime the most significant topic the upgrading of the head tracking function of the glasses was started. This critical issue was really challenging with various difficulties but brought positive results that will be used in WP6 in the second year of the project.
In the first year we have concentrated on technological development but still found time to launch the Freedom to Operate Search and to base our future B2B and B2C relations. We have been actively participating at the most relevant aviation exhibitions as exhibitors and roundtable invitees. Furthermore, Aero Glass has been invited to participate in US Federal Aviation Administration (http://www.faa.gov/) Head Worn Display standardization process, which is facilitated by SAE International (http://www.sae.org/), and is part of the aviation A4-HWD and G10-HWD working groups.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Over the past decade, improvements in convenience and safety items like emergency, pre-flight, inflight, and landing checklists serve general aviation pilots to navigate but it requires pilots to take their eyes off the sky,
and often access multiple screens and devices. Aero Glass2 is a technology that solves these problems: using augmented reality Head-Mounted Displays Aero Glass is the first to bring Augmented Reality to pilots providing an unparalleled 3D, 360° experience in the cockpit, regardless of the visibility. User experience is visualized on our feature videos that follows the main steps of development: https://vimeo.com/aeroglass.

With Aero Glass we have targeted the General Aviation industry as the appropriate early adopter for the products. With a market size of 1 million global pilots who are accustomed to testing new technologies and paying recurring annual licenses, this market is a perfect launchpad for sales. With the earlier mentioned standardisation process we are positive that our project will radically increase its customers and assist them to fly more safely and precisely that will lead to less time and fuel consuming flights and more positive impacts on environment and economy.
In a broader sense we intend to develop customized versions of its data visualization platform for agriculture, first responder, commercial aviation, drones, gaming (flight simulators), flight training, and potentially the boating industry. Because the software platform serves to graphically display data in 3D from a variety of sources, there are numerous consumer and industrial applications for the technology.

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Record Number: 190388 / Last updated on: 2016-11-15
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