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Evaluating the Microsoft HoloLens through an augmented reality assembly application
Author(s): Gabriel Evans; Jack Miller; Mariangely Iglesias Pena; Anastacia MacAllister; Eliot Winer
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Paper Abstract

Industry and academia have repeatedly demonstrated the transformative potential of Augmented Reality (AR) guided assembly instructions. In the past, however, computational and hardware limitations often dictated that these systems were deployed on tablets or other cumbersome devices. Often, tablets impede worker progress by diverting a user's hands and attention, forcing them to alternate between the instructions and the assembly process. Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) overcome those diversions by allowing users to view the instructions in a hands-free manner while simultaneously performing an assembly operation. Thanks to rapid technological advances, wireless commodity AR HMDs are becoming commercially available. Specifically, the pioneering Microsoft HoloLens, provides an opportunity to explore a hands-free HMD’s ability to deliver AR assembly instructions and what a user interface looks like for such an application. Such an exploration is necessary because it is not certain how previous research on user interfaces will transfer to the HoloLens or other new commodity HMDs. In addition, while new HMD technology is promising, its ability to deliver a robust AR assembly experience is still unknown. To assess the HoloLens’ potential for delivering AR assembly instructions, the cross-platform Unity 3D game engine was used to build a proof of concept application. Features focused upon when building the prototype were: user interfaces, dynamic 3D assembly instructions, and spatially registered content placement. The research showed that while the HoloLens is a promising system, there are still areas that require improvement, such as tracking accuracy, before the device is ready for deployment in a factory assembly setting.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2017
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 10197, Degraded Environments: Sensing, Processing, and Display 2017, 101970V (5 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2262626
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Gabriel Evans, Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)
Jack Miller, Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)
Mariangely Iglesias Pena, Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)
Anastacia MacAllister, Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)
Eliot Winer, Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10197:
Degraded Environments: Sensing, Processing, and Display 2017
John (Jack) N. Sanders-Reed; Jarvis (Trey) J. Arthur III, Editor(s)

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