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Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

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Lightweight headset weighs less than 1lb!
Lightweight headset weighs less than 1lb!

Augmented reality adds a new dimension to the interactive gaming scene. Multiplayer role playing games, laser tag, and more.

What is augmented reality? Augmented reality overlays information and graphics over normal vision to enable people to view things in a new way.

Imagine walking into a warehouse and being able to see the contents and meta-data of every box. Imagine having your own personal tour of every art gallery and museum. AR(Augmented Reality) make this possible. There are endless opportunities with AR from gaming to communications.

AR devices enable people to work in groups and receive real time technical support in ways that were not possible before now.   


The name Tarnhelm is a magic helmet in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen that allows one to travel long distances instantly. Like the mythical Tarnhelm, Augmented Reality enables two people to see what the other person is seeing over vast distances nearly instantly.

The Tarnhelm AR system uses a single board computer with raspberry pi compatible headers and GPIO. The open platform will enable makers and developers to easily make changes and interface with existing systems. Full wireless connectivity and an open platform make development easy.

The hardware consists of a single board computer running Linux OS with a few extra sensors, an LCD display, and a battery. The unique see-through display uses curved lenses that direct the display information to the eye while allowing the viewer to see the world around them unobstructed with a 90° Field of Vision display. Hardware accelerated graphics enable the Tarnhelm to display high frame rate 3D.  


Blender Design
Blender Design
Full color 800x480 Display
Full color 800x480 Display
Bluetooth controller
Bluetooth controller
  • Quad Core 1.4GHz processor
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • USB
  • eMMC 8GB and MicroSD up to 128GB
  • GPIO: 2.54mm spacing 40pin, compatible with Raspberry Pi's GPIO. It includes UART, SPI, I2C, PWM, IO etc
  • 90° Field of Vision
  • Wireless and Bluetooth
  • OS: FriendlyCore(based on Ubuntu16.04 with Linux Kernel 4.4, Qt5.9 and OpenGL2.0) and Debian
  • Audio input/output
  • Open Source Software Development
  • High resolution 800x480 LCD display
  • Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Gesture sensors
  • 5MP Camera
  • 3800mAH Battery
  • Light weight headset (weighs less than 1lb) !

The largest goal of this project is to create a thriving open source software platform that will enable developers to jumpstart their AR ideas. The open software platform is scheduled to be released prior to the shipping date. We want to build a community of AR developers and enthusiasts around this project. Join us in creating the next Augmented Reality platform!

The software platform includes:

  • High level language such as Python or Java
  • 3D Stereoscopic interface
  • Hardware graphics acceleration
  • Image Recognition
  • Access to image and other AR databases
  • Wikipedia and Github pages

Be a part of the future of Augmented Reality!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge with this project is communicating the potential of Augmented Reality. Its hard to imagine just how cool it is until you have tried it. Very few people have seen an augmented reality system in person. Unlike VR, augmented reality overlays information over regular vision.

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    Tarnhelm AR System

    Tarnhelm standalone augmented reality system with peripherals.

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