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Augmented Reality (AR) Mirror on Mass Market Hardware: Considering Mass Market AR on Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Hardware like Laptops, Tablets and Phones
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI).
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Augmented Reality (AR) is studied in this thesis from a desire

to deploy AR products in large scale within a few years.

This assumes a plain software solution, using Commercial

Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware as existing laptops, tablets

and phones. The thesis scope is a mirror metaphor, the device

mimics a mirror and AR is presented in the mirror.

The mirror is from looping video from the camera facing

the user to the screen and real-time AR graphics is added

to the video stream. A video mirror is slightly different

from a physical mirror and the consequences in this context

are considered.

The more obvious video mirror from operating a device

in selfie-mode – recording a video of oneself – is recognized

to be used for AR features in large scale without being

marketed as an AR product. This is seen as sign of AR

maturity in the discussion.

A less recognized video mirror, by looping video from a

work area on a physical desk and apply AR on objects in

the work area is studied. The focus is the potential of using

a device’s face oriented camera to create an AR mirror

from unmodified COTS hardware. Even if AR is a well researched

area, the mirror metaphor by video loop has been

almost neglected. This can be explained by a) physical mirrors

are generally better for AR, especially in lab situations

or unique equipment, b) the AR research field matured long

before common COTS screen devices had cameras and c)

AR in mirrors has less immersion than AR in a direct view.

The basic properties of an AR implementation in a laptop

and a tablet are studied, obstacles are found and possible

ways to handle them are presented. The general recommendation

though is to add a USB camera to the laptop

or a tiny mirror to the tablet. Literature research indicates

that AR using the mirror metaphor offers a noticeable improvement

compared to screen or paper based presentations

when used in relevant situations.

It is concluded that AR is maturing. There will not be

an AR revolution but we are in the beginning of an evolution

where AR is included for its ability to improve user

interaction rather than for being impressing technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 58 p.
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-195691OAI: diva2:1045051
Available from: 2016-11-08 Created: 2016-11-08 Last updated: 2016-11-08Bibliographically approved

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