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Publication Detail
Augmented reality meeting table: a novel multi-user interface for architectural design
  • Publication Type:
    Chapter
  • Authors:
    Penn A, Mottram C, Fatah gen Schieck A, Wittkämper M, Störring M, Rommell O, Strothmann A, Aish F
  • Publisher:
    Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • Publication date:
    2004
  • Place of publication:
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Pagination:
    213, 220
  • Series:
    Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Editors:
    van Leeuwen JP,Timmermans HJP
  • ISBN-10:
    1-4020-2408-8
  • Book title:
    Recent ddvances in design decision support systems in architecture and urban planning
  • Series editors:
    van Leeuwen JP,Timmermans HJP
  • Keywords:
    Design Collaboration, Tangible Interface, Gesture, Agent Simulation, Augmented Reality
Abstract
Immersive virtual environments have received widespread attention as providing possible replacements for the media and systems that designers traditionally use, as well as, more generally, in providing support for collaborative work. Relatively little attention has been given to date however to the problem of how to merge immersive virtual environments into real world work settings, and so to add to the media at the disposal of the designer and the design team, rather than to replace it. In this paper we report on a research project in which optical see-through augmented reality displays have been developed together with prototype decision support software for architectural and urban design. We suggest that a critical characteristic of multi user augmented reality is its ability to generate visualisations from a first person perspective in which the scale of rendition of the design model follows many of the conventions that designers are used to. Different scales of model appear to allow designers to focus on different aspects of the design under consideration. Augmenting the scene with simulations of pedestrian movement appears to assist both in scale recognition, and in moving from a first person to a third person understanding of the design. This research project is funded by the European Commission IST program (IST-2000-28559).
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