Presented on March 4th, 2016 at Interaction16 in Helsinki, Finland.
Until now, augmented reality has so far been mostly a sci-fi vision that overlays visual information to what we see in the physical world. It’s widely perceived as a “cool and interesting feature” for brands and advertising, but doesn’t have much practicality yet. To harness the real power of AR, which includes geolocation, image recognition, we believe that a more utilitarian visual search would be next.
To design for such possibilities, we begin to question even the fundamental basis of AR. For example, what would AR become beyond a rich visual layer? Will this change people’s motivation and behavior to use AR? How can we redefine AR to be a tool to give augmented information on objects? And how we can speculate its usage in the future?
I. Gestural control
Metaphors like keyboards, screens are becoming irrelevant.
What are some of the natural gestures we perform subconsciously?
And can we map new interactions with these findings?
Feel without touching, Ultrahaptics (2015)
II. Virtual elements in a physical space
Technology = make easy to navigate
between places, not identify with a
place. Connection with the physical
environment requires us to do more
than simply passing through it.
What if AR is not just
an add-on experience,
but a neccessity?
What would that future look like?
In the developing countries,
mobile phones networks are cheaper to install than landlines
Sending airtime to sweethearts as an alternative currency in Afghanistan, by Jan Chipchase (2011)
AR is a very cheap alternative
to install building infrastructure
Imageine if we require all drivers to own AR lens, so they
can receive traffic related info. City will be able to gather
data and better control traffic.
How does this impact city planning?
What kind of new social behavior will form?
What kind of new businesses will emerge?
Iron Man 2, 2010
Implications of Technology
How can us, designers, see beyond
the making of “useful and delightful”
Designers can provide a critical
perspectives for both micro and
macro views on the products,
To encourage a broader spectrum
Beyond the artifact overlay of text,
images, animations, and notifications,
is our curiosity, a strong motivation that’s
The moment for AR to become wildly
accepted like smartphones, is the
moment we can humanize this
technology with design.
THANK YOU CARINA NGAI
@caweena #AR #ixd16