Your plane is boarding and the gate crew just announced there will be no meals on the flight. What are your options?
How about breaking out your iPhone and using the camera to scan the area inside the airport to pick up some information about what your choice of eateries or takeout locations might be?
Using such augmented reality technology, this option is available today for iPhone users at Copenhagen Airport. And, it’s reasonable to assume that some forward-looking airport authorities in the U.S. may have augmented reality apps in the works as well.
Copenhagen Airport has just updated its CPH Airport iPhone app, available for free download in the Apple’s iTunes store, to enable users to view the distances and locations of restaurants, information desks, lounges, shops and gates.
This Live View feature comes through augmented reality technology and was developed for the airport by SITA Lab and Novasa. Augmented reality has been around for a while, but the CPH Airport app is special because it claims to be the first augmented reality application that works indoors.
Most augmented reality apps use GPS technology to determine a user’s location, but concrete terminal buildings make that untenable indoors. So, instead the CPH Airport app uses signal strength and triangulation from Wi-Fi access points around the airport to determine the location of each traveller’s mobile phone.
Of course, the airport plans on commercializing the whole thing as soon as possible, meaning you’ll probably have the choice of opting in to receive special promotions from retailers when using the app.
Other upgrades to Version 2.0 of the app include the capability of viewing your location at the airport on maps, and the parking map shows the number of available spaces.
No sense in rushing off to Budget parking at the airport if it is already full. Augmented or not, that’s a tough reality.