Like bees around the hive: a comparative study of a mobile augmented reality map

Ann Morrison, Antti Oulasvirta, Peter Peltonen, Saija Lemmela, Giulio Jacucci, Gerhard Reitmayr, Jaana Näsänen, Antti Juustila

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We present findings from field trials of MapLens, a mobile augmented reality (AR) map using a magic lens over a paper map. Twenty-six participants used MapLens to play a location-based game in a city centre. Comparisons to a group of 11 users with a standard 2D mobile map uncover phenomena that arise uniquely when interacting with AR features in the wild. The main finding is that AR features facilitate place-making by creating a constant need for referencing to the physical, and in that it allows for ease of bodily configurations for the group, encourages establishment of common ground, and thereby invites discussion, negotiation and public problem-solving. The main potential of AR maps lies in their use as a collaborative tool.
Translated title of the contributionLike bees around the hive: a comparative study of a mobile augmented reality map
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th international conference on Human factors in computing systems : CHI '09
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Publication date2009
ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-246-7
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings

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