One of the projects that 838 Inc. is working on is Augmented Reality. Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality. By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one. Augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements, such as sports scores on TV during a match. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally manipulated. Artificial information about the environment and its objects can be overlaid on the real world.
838 Inc. is currently working on integrating into the oil and gas industry an automated learning program focused on improving the way that computers support humans through the use of cognitive systems—that is, systems that reason, learn from experience, and accept guidance in order to provide effective, personalized assistance.
838 Inc. is working with groups that have designed the framework effort to make available many of the successful machine learning and reasoning technologies developed on the program for use by the broader industries, research, and military communities. Technical capabilities within the framework have been hardened, modularized, packaged, and where appropriate, adapted to meet industry standards to facilitate their incorporation into potential target applications. The framework further includes various infrastructure components and APIs to simplify integration with the framework technologies.