The augurscope: A mixed reality interface for outdoors

Holger Schnädelbach, Boriana Koleva, Martin Flintham, Mike Fraser, Shahram Izadi, Paul Chandler, Malcolm Foster, Steve Benford, Chris Greenhalgh, Tom Rodden

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The augurscope is a portable mixed reality interface for outdoors. A tripod-mounted display is wheeled to different locations and rotated and tilted to view a virtual environment that is aligned with the physical background. Video from an onboard camera is embedded into this virtual environment. Our design encompasses physical form, interaction and the combination of a GPS receiver, electronic compass, accelerometer and rotary encoder for tracking. An initial application involves the public exploring a medieval castle from the site of its modern replacement. Analysis of use reveals problems with lighting, movement and relating virtual and physical viewpoints, and shows how environmental factors and physical form affect interaction. We suggest that problems might be accommodated by carefully constructing virtual and physical content.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Minneapolis, MN, USA United States
Duration: 20 Apr 200225 Apr 2002


ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CityMinneapolis, MN


  • Augmented reality
  • Mixed reality
  • Mobile and wireless applications
  • Outdoors applications
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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