DistanciAR: Authoring Site-Specific Augmented Reality Experiences for Remote Environments

CHI '21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Published May 10, 2021

Zeyu Wang, Cuong Nguyen, Paul Asente, Julie Dorsey

Most augmented reality (AR) authoring tools only support the author’s current environment, but designers often need to create site-specific experiences for a different environment. We propose DistanciAR, a novel tablet-based workflow for remote AR authoring. Our baseline solution involves three steps. A remote environment is captured by a camera with LiDAR; then, the author creates an AR experience from a different location using AR interactions; finally, a remote viewer consumes the AR content on site. A formative study revealed understanding and navigating the remote space as key challenges with this solution. We improved the authoring interface by adding two novel modes: Dollhouse, which renders a bird’s-eye view, and Peek, which creates photorealistic composite images using captured images. A second study compared this improved system with the baseline, and participants reported that the new modes made it easier to understand and navigate the remote scene.

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Research Area:  AR, VR & 360 Photography