Each year Sikorsky Innovations, the advanced research organization of Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, conducts a contest, the Entrepreneurial Challenge. The purpose of the contest is to identify emerging technologies that could be used in the company’s helicopters and to partner with companies which are developing these technologies. In 2015 the challenge identified Augmented Reality for manufacturing as one of the four areas of interest. AREA member iQagent received recognition as one of the most promising companies with a solution in this segment.
For the 2016 challenge, Sikorsky Innovations has once again selected an Augmented Reality segment. Rather than mobile solutions, the challenge is to identify the best companies developing transparent or on-glass visualization technologies. According to the Challenge web site description, the use cases are pilots who need to maintain visual awareness while obtaining new information and passengers seeking to see information overlaid on the landscape through which they are traveling.
The company invites companies developing hardware and/or software solutions that can transform any hard, transparent surface into an on-demand, interactive data center to submit applications on or before May 20, 2016.