The Passenger Experience of Mixed Reality Virtual Display Layouts in Airplane Environments

Ng, A., Medeiros, D. , McGill, M., Williamson, J. and Brewster, S. (2021) The Passenger Experience of Mixed Reality Virtual Display Layouts in Airplane Environments. In: 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR), Bari, Italy, 4-8 Oct 2021, ISBN 9781728197777 (doi: 10.1109/ISMAR52148.2021.00042)

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Abstract

Augmented / Mixed Reality headsets will in-time see adoption and use in a variety of mobility and transit contexts, allowing users to view and interact with virtual content and displays for productivity and entertainment. However, little is known regarding how multi-display virtual workspaces should be presented in a transit context, nor to what extent the unique affordances of transit environments (e.g. the social presence of others) might influence passenger perception of virtual display layouts. Using a simulated VR passenger airplane environment, we evaluated three different AR-driven virtual display configurations (Horizontal, Vertical, and Focus main display with smaller secondary windows) at two different depths, exploring their usability, user preferences, and the underlying factors that influenced those preferences. We found that the perception of invading other’s personal space significantly influenced preferred layouts in transit contexts. Based on our findings, we reflect on the unique challenges posed by passenger contexts, provide recommendations regarding virtual display layout in the confined airplane environment, and expand on the significant benefits that AR offers over physical displays in said environments.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Additional Information:This research is funded by the ERC ViAjeRo project (grant number: 835197).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen and Pires de Sa Medeiros, Dr Daniel and Ng, Dr Alexander and Williamson, Dr Julie and McGill, Dr Mark
Authors: Ng, A., Medeiros, D., McGill, M., Williamson, J., and Brewster, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
ISSN:1554-7868
ISBN:9781728197777
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 IEEE
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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