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System for augmented reality visualization of systems management data Disclosure Number: IPCOM000190078D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Nov-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Nov-16
Document File: 6 page(s) / 536K

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Systems management software collects valuable data and visualizes that data on a computer screen for the customer to see. Often times this data corresponds to physical systems that are located in a lab, warehouse or other facility that is critical to the success of a business. Technicians that work in the lab or other facility with the physical systems need to know information about their systems, but they may not always be in front of a computer screen that can show them the status of their systems. Furthermore, visualization of systems management data on a computer screen is not always easy to correlate with the physical systems that are being managed.

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System for augmented reality visualization of systems management data

Augmented reality (AR) systems are already available for a number of applications. Augmented reality systems alter a view of a real environment by superimposing images, labels, or other information on the environment. For example, there is an application for the Android* mobile phone, "Wikitude AR Travel Guide" that annotates a view of a skyline with the names of the buildings and points of interest in the skyline. Common components in an AR system are a 1) display unit (glasses, a mobile phone, or some other portable screen), 2) tracking and orientation system to determine where the display unit is located, and the direction it is facing, 3) network connection (typically wireless) so that the display unit can retrieve data and know what to display on the screen, 4) computer server that can take a request from the AR display device and return the information to display.

The three figures below illustrate how this could work. The first figure shows the original view of a lab. The second and third figures show augmented versions of the real view of the lab, to annotate the pictures with systems management data collected by IBM** Tivoli*** software. The green, yellow, and red boxes can indicate characteristics of the systems based on the management data that is available. This could indicate processor utilization, energy use, or the health of a key process on the machine, for instance. Figure 3 shows relationships among components in the rack, which have been discovered by systems management software. Extensions not shown are (1) Physical interconnections ( wires, switches, etc.) and (2) superimposed virtual switches, disk or servers along with virtualization software components.

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Prior art exists for an AR system to include a point and click selection mechanism. Possible mechanisms include point and click inferred from head movements of the wearer of the glasses that contain the display unit, from eye movements detected via camera built into the glasses, or from movement and button click of a separate wireless handheld device. This mechanism is used to select the type of data and views superimposed over the physical world by the display unit built into the glasses. The display unit displays availab...