AMIRE is about the efficient creation and modification of mixed reality (MR) applications. Generic design recommendations and procedures, best practice examples, interface specifications, MR gems, MR components, MR frameworks, dedicated MR authoring metaphors together with authoring tools (that are MR applications themselves) will be developed in order to efficiently use MR in applications, to conceive new MR methodologies and exploit synergies when combining MR technologies in the AMIRE framework, and to establish authoring as a new application domain for MR. Two demonstrators (a training application for an oil refinery and a museum application together with MR authoring tools) will be implemented. The first by a group of experts in order to derive an initial version of AMIRE, the second by a consulting company as a kind of experiment in a business scenario setting that will seamlessly lead to an exploitation of AMIRE.
The objective of AMIRE is to enable people, not only expert researchers, to use Mixed Reality (MR) for their applications as well as to create and modify these MR applications with the support of dedicated tools that foster an efficient authoring process for MR. This is the key for a more widespread use of MR, for a transfer of MR into different application domains, for exploiting synergies between different MR methodologies and for establishing authoring itself as a new application domain for MR. With authoring tools that employ MR, users are given means to efficiently communicate their ideas. An objective of AMIRE is also to set up and exploit a business scenario where a MR provider (MRP) produces MR content for a customer. Using AMIRE it is aimed that the MRP has key advantages over his competitors (e.g. faster content production, delivery of dedicated MR authoring tools). Besides, an objective of AMIRE is to trigger and to contribute to standardisation efforts in the field of MR.
In order to reach the objectives, three main work tasks need to be accomplished. Firstly, a best practice example has to be elaborated that shows how MR content can be produced efficiently and how a dedicated authoring application for the user of the MR content can be produced. The approach taken is to identify characteristics of MR methodologies and describe a common infrastructure, employing state-of-the-art software engineering techniques. Besides, the usage of MR technology for authoring tools is examined.
Thus, the best practice example consists of the software of two actual demonstrators as well as generic design recommendations and procedures, interface specifications, dedicated MR authoring metaphors, MR gems and MR components. Secondly, demonstrators need to be built that show the benefits of having an authoring tool beside the MR application itself. In AMIRE there will be demonstrators for an oil refinery training application and an application for the Guggenheim museum. Thirdly, evaluation results need to be derived that show how consultants and content developers can use the AMIRE project results and what economical implications there are if they choose to offer services in the production of content that makes use of Mixed Reality technologies. The project is organized in four phases. First, a group of experts will build the first demonstrator and according authoring tools, incorporating the ideas of the AMIRE approach. Second, learning from the process of building the first demonstrator, a first version of design recommendations, interface specifications, and authoring process descriptions will be derived. They are handed over to a consultant who is experienced in building multimedia applications, but not MR applications. Third, the consultant will build the second demonstrator. This process will be reviewed and evaluated. The results will be fed back to AMIRE. Fourth, the overall project results of AMIRE will be compiled.
The expected milestones and results are the following ones:
- A production process for developing and modifying MR content with design recommendations;
Specifications of MR gems, MR components, MR frameworks and dedicated MR authoring tools along with best practice examples how to employ them;
The specifications are aimed to be partly used as a basis for MR standardisation;
Two demonstrators with MR authoring tools;
Evaluation reports based on experiences with companies using AMIRE, business models and commercialisation strategies.
Call for proposalData not available
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts