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There is an increased uptick in research focused on Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon, or UAP. In many ways, serious looks into UAP is the classic unveiling of a riddle wrapped up in an enigma.

And that’s a perfect situation for an organization labeled Enigma. This group is focused on how to reach and serve people who have seen things they can’t explain in the skies.

To that end, Enigma has worked on improving sighting submissions by those encountering Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena, dubbed UAPs, and often linked — deservedly or not — to flying saucers from afar and Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs in popular jargon.

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It took the group 10 months — from February to November 2023 — to cross the first 10,000 sightings submitted.

Discernable patterns

I asked Alejandro Rojas, Head of Research and Content for Enigma, to explain the data gleaned so far. Are there any patterns discernable?

“A couple of patterns that stood out were that reports correlate with population,” Rojas told Inside Outer Space. “In other words, where there are more people, there are more reports. That shows us people are seeing UAP everywhere.”

Rojas added that the other pattern that stands out was the similarity with Enigma findings regarding shapes that witnesses are reporting and the shapes reported to the U.S. government’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO).

Witnesses describe the majority of UAP as spheres and points of light.

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Quality of reports

Given the public input so far, are there adjustments that must be made to maximize that public input? Are there any added “need to have” bits of information from observers?

Rojas said that Enigma has continually adjusted and improved their UAP reporting process to gather the necessary information and make the experience easy.

“However, educating the public has been essential to improve the quality of reports,” Rojas said. “We provide users with information regarding mundane objects commonly mistaken as UAP.”

Signal from the noise

Enigma personnel faced one facet of UAP reporting. What has been sorely needed is a tool to sort the signal from the noise. To that end, they have released an Augmented Reality (AR Lens) to serve as a noise reduction tool.

“We provide an AR Lens that currently tracks satellites so witnesses can rule them out. We also plan to provide more information to this lens, such as aircraft and astronomical data, so people can have a quick view of what else is in the sky that may account for what they see,” Rojas said.

Enigma has released an Augmented Reality (AR) Lens to serve as a “noise reduction” tool.
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Augmented Reality lens

Enigma personnel faced one facet of UAP reporting.

What has been sorely needed is a tool to sort the signal from the noise. To that end, they have released an Augmented Reality (AR) Lens to serve as a “noise reduction” tool.

“We provide an AR Lens that currently tracks satellites so witnesses can rule them out. We also plan to provide more information to this lens, such as aircraft and astronomical data, so people can have a quick view of what else is in the sky that may account for what they see,” Rojas said.

Increasing the input

As for milestones ahead, Enigma is scoping out plans for the just-arrived New Year – 2024.

“We plan to improve our AR Lens and introduce new tools such as real-time triangulation, which can make calculations of distance, height, and speed when one object is captured on video by several witnesses,” Rojas explained.

Also on the 2024 Enigma agenda is increasing the input of reports to the group.

“We reached 10,000 reports within a year of launching, and the reports are still growing,” said Rojas. “With increased reports and by educating the public to provide better data over the coming months, we expect to share some exciting and mysterious incidents with the public while gathering vital data to help researchers discover more about UAP,” he concluded.

For more information on the AR camera to explore the sky, go to:

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/enigma-ufo-uap-sightings/id1548371173

The Enigma website is available at: https://enigmalabs.io/

 

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