Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy, Dr. Jitendra Singh launched an Augmented Reality application named ‘Sakaar’ at a press conference in New Delhi on Monday to highlight the achievements of the Department of Space during one year in office of the present Government.
DECU-ISRO has developed this application for Android devices.
Augmented Reality is a live direct view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated 3D models, animations, videos etc. The technology enhances user’s current perception of reality.
Augmentation is in real time and the information is overlaid on the live view of the device’s camera. Essentially, AR requires three elements: Android device with back camera, AR application, AR Markers. The Multimedia content which is embedded in the Sakaar app is generated with the support of multimedia and editing facilities of DECU-ISRO.
Sakaar consists of 3D models of MOM, RISAT, rockets (PSLV, GSLV Mk-III); videos of INSAT 3D-predicting cyclones, GSLV D5/Cryo, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) orbit insertion, launch video of MOM, 360 degree animated view of MOM; Anaglyph of Mars surface.
The sakaar app is loaded on webpage with the URL: http://www.sac.gov.in/SACSITE/sakaar/index.html. The user can scan the QR code using a QR code reader on the device for downloading the app.
Addressing the press conference, Dr Singh said that Department has been able to achieve a lot due to the patronage received from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This year has brought India’s space technology to focus and established us in the world, he added.
Dr Singh said that today India is one of the leading nations in the world in the field of space technology. This is due to the commitment shown by the scientists who work with dedication and sincerity towards their work.
He also said that Mars Mission is a unique success for India. This was successful in the first attempt itself and the entire infrastructure was indigenous which is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of Make in India. The images sent by Mars Orbiter Mission are being taken by other countries of the world too.
The Minister also said that reusable launch vehicle which will reduce the cost of launch by one tenth and a preliminary action in this respect is expected in September this year.