ProcessAR: An augmented reality-based tool to create in-situ procedural 2D/3D AR Instructions

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PubDate: June 2021

Teams: Purdue University;Simon Fraser University

Writers: Subramanian Chidambaram;Hank Huang;Fengming He;Xun Qian;Ana M Villanueva;Thomas S Redick;Wolfgang Stuerzlinger;Karthik Ramani

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Abstract

Augmented reality (AR) is an efficient form of delivering spatial information and has great potential for training workers. However, AR is still not widely used for such scenarios due to the technical skills and expertise required to create interactive AR content. We developed ProcessAR, an AR-based system to develop 2D/3D content that captures subject matter expert’s (SMEs) environment-object interactions in situ. The design space for ProcessAR was identified from formative interviews with AR programming experts and SMEs, alongside a comparative design study with SMEs and novice users. To enable smooth workflows, ProcessAR locates and identifies different tools/objects through computer vision within the workspace when the author looks at them. We explored additional features such as embedding 2D videos with detected objects and user-adaptive triggers. A final user evaluation comparing ProcessAR and a baseline AR authoring environment showed that, according to our qualitative questionnaire, users preferred ProcessAR.

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