Tim Bouckley, Jenny Shih, Yuta Sugawara

AUGESTRA is an augmented reality device to make the watching of Paralympic sports more exciting by connecting audience members to elite athletes. The player is equipped with a heart rate monitor and binaural microphones. The player’s heartbeat is replicated through a rumbler placed on the chest of the audience device and the binaural audio is heard through stereo speakers in the headset. The device enhances the audience’s experience, giving them the feel of actually participating in the competition as one of the players. Spectators will gain a deeper understanding of the physical achievements of the athletes and a greater appreciation for Paralympic sports in general.