A concept for a novel hybrid augmented reality computer workstation for virtual product development

DS 119: Proceedings of the 33rd Symposium Design for X (DFX2022)

Year: 2022
Editor: Dieter Krause, Kristin Paetzold, Sandro Wartzack
Author: Jakob Harlan, Benjamin Schleich, Sandro Wartzack
Series: DfX
Institution: Engineering Design, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Page(s): 10
DOI number: 10.35199/dfx2022.06


Extended reality user interfaces for engineering design often suffer from gaps in the user’s workflow. Usually, the user must at least put on hardware, but often also data preparation is needed. This research aims to close these gaps by proposing a setup fusing desktop and immersive user experience into a hybrid augmented reality computer workstation. Here the user can decide for each operation what modality is best suited, using the strengths of both interfaces while avoiding their drawbacks. In this paper, a concept for such a hybrid computer workstation is developed using the morphological matrix method. Different solutions for the main features, holographic stereo display, spatial interaction, and the software architecture, are discussed and a reasoned combination is proposed as a feasible concept.

Keywords: CAD, Augmented Reality, Product Design, Morphological Matrix, Computer workstation


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