Update: Read Robert Goyer’s story about this in Plane & Pilot.
Seattle Avionics just demonstrated the world’s first affordable Augmented Reality system for general aviation – new FlyQ InSight. Using just an iPhone or iPad, not goggles or exotic hardware, all pilots can now see approximate airport positions simply by pointing a camera out the windscreen.
(Example photo above. Airport positions to demonstrate concept not actual locations.)
FlyQ InSight uses the camera and computing power of an iPhone or iPad combined new patent-pending algorithms to superimpose approximate airport locations over a real-time video feed. Pilots can point the camera straight out the nose of the plane or rotate it within the cabin to view nearby airports on any side of the plane.
“Every pilot in the world has faced looking out the windscreen, knowing that a landing airport is nearby, but simply cannot make it out from roads, trees, and nearby buildings,” says Steve Podradchik, CEO. “New FlyQ InSight uses patent-pending augmented reality to merge live video from an iPhone or iPad with computer-generated airport markers to clearly show airport locations regardless of how confusing the surrounding area is. Even click the camera shutter button to capture inflight photos and post effortlessly to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.”
In addition, FlyQ InSight includes a unique 2D “radar” view of nearby airports. As the iPhone or iPad is rotated around the cockpit, the radar image rotates so you can clearly see the direction and distance for nearby airports.
The app also includes all the features from FlyQ Pocket including detailed airport information, weather, flight planning, and weather graphics. Pilots can tap on airports to see information about them.
FlyQ InSight is not yet available in the Apple App Store but will be released to beta testers within two weeks. Public release is expected shortly thereafter. When released, FlyQ InSight will replace the company’s current FlyQ Pocket on the iPhone and iPad.