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Beyond laser safety glasses: Augmented reality in optics laboratories

Year: 2017

Authors: Quercioli F.

Autors Affiliation: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, Largo Enrico Fermi 6, Firenze, 50125, Italy

Abstract: Blocking visibility of a laser beam after a pair of safety goggles have been worn is always an unpleasant experience. Working blindly is hard, sometimes even dangerous, and safety could be again at risk. A safe, clear view of the laser beam path would be highly desirable. This paper presents a technique for laboratory laser safety, using a smartphone’s camera and display, in conjunction with an augmented reality headset to allow clear viewing of laser experiments without any risk of laser eye injury. Use of the technique is demonstrated, and strengths and weaknesses of the solution are discussed. © 2017 Optical Society of America.

Journal/Review: APPLIED OPTICS

Volume: 56 (4)      Pages from: 1148  to: 1150

KeyWords: Augmented reality; Laser beams; Protective clothing; Safety engineering; Safety glass, Eye injury; Laser experiments; Optics laboratory, Laser safety
DOI: 10.1364/AO.56.001148

Citations: 3
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