An augmented reality interface for visualizing and interacting with virtual content

Abstract

In this paper, a novel AR interface is proposed that provides generic solutions to the tasks involved in augmenting simultaneously different types of virtual information and processing of tracking data for natural interaction. Participants within the system can experience a real-time mixture of 3D objects, static video, images, textual information and 3D sound with the real environment. The user-friendly AR interface can achieve maximum interaction using simple but effective forms of collaboration based on the combinations of human–computer interaction techniques. To prove the feasibility of the interface, the use of indoor AR techniques are employed to construct innovative applications and demonstrate examples from heritage to learning systems. Finally, an initial evaluation of the AR interface including some initial results is presented.

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Part of this research work was funded by the EU IST Framework V programme, Key Action III- Multimedia Content and Tools, Augmented Representation of Cultural Objects (ARCO) project IST-2000-28366.

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Liarokapis, F. An augmented reality interface for visualizing and interacting with virtual content. Virtual Reality 11, 23–43 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10055-006-0055-1

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Keywords

  • Augmented reality
  • Human–computer interaction
  • Tangible interfaces
  • Virtual heritage
  • Learning systems