Augurscope: a portable mixed-reality interface for outdoor environments

The Augurscope: a portable mixed-reality interface for outdoors.

The augurscope consists of a tripod-mounted display that can be wheeled to different locations and then rotated and tilted to view a virtual environment that is aligned with the physical background. Video from an onboard camera is embedded into this virtual environment. The augurscope utilises a GPS receiver, electronic compass, accelerometer and rotary encoder to acheive global position tracking at the same time as smooth local interaction. In August 2001 we [researchers] tested an initial application in which the public explored Nottingham's medieval castle from the site of its modern replacement. Analysis of use revealed issues with lighting, movement and relating virtual and physical viewpoints, and showed how environmental factors and physical form affected interaction.

Paper about it: Holger Schnadelbach, Boriana Kolvea, Martin Flintham, Mike Fraser, Paul Chandler, Malcolm Foster, Steve Benford, Chris Greenhalgh, Shahram Izadi and Tom Rodden. The Augurscope: A Mixed Reality Interface for Outdoors. In: ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI'02), pages 9--16. ACM Press, April 2002.

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