Demo Hour

XXVII.5 September - October 2020
Page: 15
Digital Citation

Shengzhi Wu, Daragh Byrne, Molly Steenson, Robert Fraher, Laurel Fraher

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Mergereality is a design exploration that aims to explore multi-device hand-gestural interactions in augmented reality (AR). We present two demos here: dragging sticky notes from an iPad to AR, and pulling 3D models from a computer display. We prototyped the concepts with an Oculus Rift VR headset and Zed Mini camera as a passthrough AR solution and coupled it with Leap Motion for hand tracking. By merging the boundary of digital and physical, we demonstrate an interaction strategy that harnesses physical affordances to assist digital interaction in AR with hand gestures.

Wu, S., Byrne, D., and Steenson, M.W. 'Mergereality': Leveraging physical affordances for multi-device gestural interaction in augmented reality. Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, New York, 2020.

Shengzhi Wu, Google
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Daragh Byne, Carnegie Mellon University
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Molly Steenson, Carnegie Mellon University
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ins01.gif Dragging a sticky note from an iPad into AR.

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The global number of people grieving a loved one is enormous. Seeing the Wonder is an app designed to help people process their grief and inspire them to embrace life. The app comprises two components. The first allows users to explore an interactive narrative. This narrative synthesizes traditional humanities media (e.g., literature, visual art, music) into a rich digital experience. The second extends ideas from the narrative into a reflective journaling activity. This activity is based on grief and bereavement theory and borrows from models and case studies in the areas of cognitive-behavioral therapy and creative art therapy.



Robert Fraher, University of Wisconsin-Stout
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Laurel Fraher, HappyLove Studios
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ins02.gif An app designed to help the bereaved process their grief and embrace life.

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