Finding your way around unfamiliar establishments would in future be as easy as clicking images, as discovered by an Emirati student at the Khalifa University.
Buti Mohammad Al Delail, 21, a recent graduate of Computer Engineering at the university of Khalifa in Sharjah has developed an indoor navigation application that could kick-start the future of indoor mapping.
Only outdoor maps are presently accessible through Google. Buti’s ‘Context Aware Visual indoor Augmented Reality’ application (CAViAR App), which is compatible with and downloadable from Apple’s iTunes platform, uses state-of-the-art Augmented Reality (AR) technologies to provide the user with the blueprint of his/her location, 3D view of the vicinity and navigation based on image detection.
It works by simply taking a snap of a logo, label, brand or a company name inside a mall or a building using smartphones, the user will receive info about his exact location and how to get to his next destination via Google maps.
“Indoor Location Services (ILS) is one of the recent promising fields for mobile applications that are specialised in indoor localisation and navigation,” said Buti.