Game changer

Jack Hsu brings years of gaming industr y experience to his latest challenge – developing aircraft inspection AR software. Howard Slutsken met him

On a tree-lined business campus, not far from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Jack Hsu is on a bumpy journey to teach an iPad app how to recognise an aircraft. He isn’t simply developing enthusiast software that can tell the difference, say, between an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 737 on final approach.Instead, he’s focused on sophisticated algorithms with foundations in artificial intelligence and machine learning, to create augmented-reality (AR) software to assist engineers and mechanics with regular aircraft inspections.

“The idea was to be able to lift up an iPad, look at the plane, and then see dots on the screen that represent defects – like fuselage dents from ramp operations – on the plane itself,” Hsu told AIR International. Sound simple? It's not.

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