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Interactive Media Systems, TU Wien

Systematic Evaluation for AR Controllers

Research project in the area of Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Keywords: Augmented Reality, 3D Interaction, AR Controller, UI Widget, AR Displays.

About this Project

Augmented Reality (AR) glass users have a direct view of the real environment while computer-generated information is superimposed on the stereoscopic display, one for each eye. Most of current existing AR glass developer considers ‘Industry’ as a promising field to apply AR technologies, while augmented information on a user’s view helps workers reduce time to resolve problems and see corresponding information. It is also highly useful for skill training and remote collaboration.

In order for AR to enhance user experiences by superimposing information on workers’ real environment, we need to study interfaces, which help to complete given tasks effectively and support better user experiences.

Project Partners


Funding provided by

Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)


The goal of this project is the development of a systematic evaluation methodology, the evaluation of AR controllers for industrial tasks by utilizing these methods and the research and publication of guidelines for developers of AR controllers, user interface designers, AR developers in general and the AR research community.


  • User requirement analysis for AR in the industrial domain.
  • New user-centric / non-disruptive interaction techniques for AR controllers.
  • Novel ways of technological measurement of performance parameters to evaluate AR controllers e.g. eye tracking, robot utilization
  • Research and development of a widget library for AR controllers, providing a standardized set of recommended widgets for developers
  • Guidelines for the design and systematic evaluation of AR controllers based on the project results and on-site user evaluations.

The project results will have practical contributions for future research on AR controllers. The potential future AR controller (by our partner company DAQRI), based on the results of this research, can become a user-centered, real-work supportive, and non-disruptive AR interaction device for industrial workers equipped with DAQRI Smart Glasses. The result of the proposed project brings added value to industrial workers, to AR developers and the AR research community.