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MRsive: an Augmented Reality Tool for Enhancing Wayfinding and Engagement With Art in Museums

Al Rabbaa, Jad (2019) MRsive: an Augmented Reality Tool for Enhancing Wayfinding and Engagement With Art in Museums. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Al Rabbaa, Jad

Most museums use printed methods to support indoor navigation and visitor engagement. However, modern museum visitors’ needs are not always met using such static approaches. This thesis investigates how indoor wayfinding and visitor engagement in museums might be improved through augmented reality (AR). I design “MRsive”, a handheld AR tool using a user-centered design approach. The goal is twofold: simplifying the required cognitive effort in navigating the museum space, and boosting visitor engagement with artifacts through multisensory interactions. MRsive uses computer vision to detect visual features of the space and locate visitors indoors and recognize exhibits. To evaluate my design, I conduct user-testing at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) followed by semi-structured interviews. The participants’ responses showed a considerable improvement in the speed, accuracy and ease-of-use when completing wayfinding or engagement tasks. I hope the findings will contribute to the future development of other AR systems with similar goals.

Official URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5x4onuc300
Date: 9 May 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indoor Wayfinding; Computer Vision; Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); Augmented Reality (AR); Mixed Reality (MR); Markerless AR; Multisensory; Immersive; User-Centered Design (UCD); Mobile-based AR; Head-Mounted Display (HMD).
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Research Labs > Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab
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Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 16:47
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 22:15
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2496

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