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The guiding light and the glass infrastructure

New developments in way finding

Finding one’s way around a large unfamiliar building can sometimes present a major challenge, but researchers at the MIT Media Lab have come up with a pair of new approaches to solving wayfinding problems.

Guiding Light, an augmented reality app, literally points people in the right direction. The system consists of a badge with magnetic sensors and a software app that can project arrows onto the floor to guide people to their destination, making use of a projector built into their smartphone.

The other project, currently deployed in the Media Lab’s new building, is more ambitious and complex. The Glass Infrastructure is a place-based information system that uses 30 touch-screens strategically placed throughout the complex to help people not only find their way but also to learn about the research being pursued in the lab.

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