I was here: a system for creating augmented reality digital graffiti in public place

Erik Šimer, Matjaž Kljun, Klen Čopil Pucihar
University of Primorska, FAMNIT, Glagoljaška 8. Koper, Slovenia

Abstract: Since ancient times travelers and tourists try to leave their marks in places they visit. However, carving or writing on historic landmarks can cause irreversible damage on such sites. One possible solution are digital graffiti. These can for example be created through projection mapping where beams of light wrap the object with the digital graffiti created by users so everyone at the site can see them. However this may disturb other visitors being there at the same time. In this paper we explore an alternative solution for creating digital graffiti by utilizing Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) technology. We developed a mobile application which allows users to: (i) select an object or a building, (ii) map a 3D mesh onto it in order to prepare its 2D plane , and (iii) draw a graffiti on this plane. After completing the drawing the application wraps the object or the building with a modified 2D texture creating an illusion of digital graffiti. In order to (i) evaluate the social acceptance of placing digital graffiti onto historic landmarks and to (ii) evaluate if the use of our prototype is socially acceptable in public spaces, we carried out a small reflective user study. We created a couple of simple graffiti on different historic buildings and posted them on social networking site Facebook. Despite amateur appearance, posted photos received attention and generated some positive responses and questions.

Virtual graffiti

Virtual graffiti

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Towards the improvement of GUARD graphical user interface

Žiga Kopušar
Guardiaris d.o.o., Podjunska ulica 13, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Franc Novak
Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Abstract: In this paper, we describe a case study of usability testing of the GUARD Control Desk graphical user interface, which is a part of the GUARD simulator and is used for exercise planning, execution and evaluation in soldier training. The usability testing was performed in the development phase of a new version of user interface.


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Wizard of Oz experiment for Prototyping Multimodal Interfaces in Virtual Reality

Blaž Gombač, Matej Zemljak, Patrik Širol, Damir Deželjin, Klen Čopič Pucihar, Matjaž Kljun
University of Primorska, FAMNIT, Glagoljaška 8, Koper, Slovenia

Abstract: In recent years the field of virtual reality has witnessed a rapid growth with significant investments in both hardware and software development. It has several potential applications for entertainment, education and enterprise where users benefit from being immersed into virtual worlds. VR headsets are available in several forms and price ranges from simple and inexpensive Google Cardboard to more complex products such as Oculus Rift. Nevertheless, designing fully operational virtual reality applications for researching new complex multimodal interaction possibilities (e.g. mid-air gesture, voice, haptics, etc.) may be difficult to implement, costly and time consuming. For this reason we have looked into ways of rapidly prototyping virtual reality interactions. Our approach consists of the Wizard of Oz experiment in which subjects interact with a computer system believing to be autonomous, but is in reality operated by researchers. The presented system allows non-technical designers to explore various multimodal interactions with rapid prototyping of VR environments.

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