The Virtuscreen : design of an AR experience for several people

Westenbroek, J. (2016) The Virtuscreen : design of an AR experience for several people.

Abstract:During this report the focus was to design the VirtuScreen for 100%FAT. 100%FAT is a company realising ideas provided by others. They come up with concepts and realise them in order to satisfy their customers. Due to time constrains they are not able to work on their own ideas which they would want to see realised. One of these ideas is the VirtuScreen. The VirtuScreen is to be a successor to the VirtuScope, which already has been designed by 100%FAT. The VirtuScope is a kind of binoculars with which the user is able to see Augmented Reality. The VirtuScope shows the user objects or images which are not currently there. This varies from dinosaurs walking around in museums to alternating reality in such a way the user thinks he or she is looking at the environment of a 100 years in the past. However the VirtuScope is not optimal. Lacking in both user friendliness and usability for several people at the same time, the VirtuScope loses its interest. That is why the design question for this report is: How can the VirtuScreen be designed in such a way that it is able to create an Augmented Reality experience which is interesting for several people, both in terms of physical design (aesthetics and ergonomics) as the experience itself? Where the concept of the VirtuScreen eventually is to be worked out into technical drawings for construction and assembly. In order to answer this question, several sub questions were needed to be answered first. These sub questions are: - What requirements and wishes exist for the VirtuScreen? - What are the features which will be implemented in the VirtuScreen? - How does the market look like and what aspects are important according to the ergonomics of the users? - What concepts form an improvement according to the stated requirements, wishes, features and other aspects? - How will the technical concept look like? These questions were answered in several important steps. Starting off with doing research on the context, followed up by brainstorms and creating ideas for a solution. Eventually working with iterations of models in order to create a better understanding of the concept. The results from these processes eventually ended up in a design and technical drawings. In addition to this content a promotional video was created to help 100%FAT sell the concept of the VirtuScreen. The research done during this project resulted in requirements and wishes of which the most important ones are (noting that some of these requirements also arose while working on the iteration models and design sketches): - At least three people must have good eyesight on the screen. - The product should arouse interest to possible users. - The turning speed cannot be faster than 1 km/h. - Long triggers for a good interaction. - Screen size is to be around 45 inch. - Height of screen placement is around 160cm / 150 cm measured from its midpoint. - Distance between the screen and centre of the pole is to be around 36 cm.The researches and sketching also resulted in features which could be implemented in the VirtuScreen. Using a morphological scheme, these features were put together into four concept ideas. Eventually these were evaluated together with 100%FAT in order to choose a direction for the products design and use. During this meeting the “simple“ idea was chosen, which used a screen attached to a pole. Coming close to a solution for the research question, research had to be done on the target group, especially on the ergonomics of this group. A list with measurements, using DINED, to which the VirtuScreen must suffice was made in order to later evaluate whether or not the product was able to deliver a desirable experience. Using drawings, collages, brainstorms and the iterations, design concepts were made enabling the designer and 100%FAT to choose the appearance of the VirtuScreen. As seen in Image 0.2, the product has many aspects. Long triggers; an additional stand for children; a breaking system; a window effect to create realism; a large landscape placed screen and the ability for secondary users to link their phones to the VirtuScreen. Altogether creating an experience for several people thanks to this linking ability and the wide screen for several people to look at. The concept (both design and use) of the VirtuScreen was clear, which meant a 3D model could be developed in order to make technical drawings. This model took into account different important aspects of its production like: space management, cable management and construction. Thirty five technical drawings were made to show the assembly and production of the most important components. These technical drawings are to be found in Appendix A7. Even though the questions were answered, it seemed a good idea to create a promotional video / presentation for 100%FAT to use when they want to present the VirtuScreen to a potential buyer. This video describes the unique selling points of the VirtuScreen in an interesting manner, which arouses interest when someone is thinking of buying one. Concluding to what is stated before, it can be said that a VirtuScreen has been designed which meets the needs 100%FAT had for the VirtuScreen. The VirtuScreen as it is designed is able to create an interesting interaction (using Augmented Reality) with several people in different ways. The VirtuScreen has a lot of potential in becoming a fun and interesting product, creating new experiences for potential users. However, some aspects still need to be looked at in the future. It is recommended for 100%FAT to look at: - The implementation of the window effect (an effect which creates a more immersive feeling) - The technical drawings in order to optimize them as much as possible - The usability of the handles with long triggers - The attachment of the top part to the turning mechanism including the braking system.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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