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Using contextual design for understanding augmented reality solutions in a control room environment
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Augmented reality is a medium that has grown to an even higher extent lately. As the technology evolves so does the number of possible usage areas for the medium. This thesis examines the possibilities for introducing augmented reality in the work of control room operators.

Augmented reality enhances the physical world by providing a digital filter for e.g. tone up or strengthen parts of the physical world. Although augmented reality faces some challenges, like if existing technology are powerful enough and whether or not privacy and integrity can be maintained, there are many areas that the medium can be helpful in. Augmented reality can for example strengthen our senses, sight is focused on in this project, by highlighting parts of the real world to draw attention and focus to relevant things. As control room operators has to be focused on what is happening in the surroundings at all times, augmented reality might be appropriate to gain this situational awareness, so the operators can react accordingly, and in time.

Contextual design was used in order to conduct this project. Three contextual inquiries and one observation were held with control room operators at Sjöfartsverket in Södertälje. These were later interpreted, the work process was analyzed, and notes from the inquiry put down in an affinity diagram. Based on all that, some solutions were visioned. The results from this indicated that the control room operators studied in this project weren’t ready for augmented reality in their work just yet. However, augmented reality indicated to be very helpful in multiple areas and is a rising technology that could grow to be big.

This thesis finally concludes that augmented reality definitely could be used as a helpful tool in many areas, not to mention for fun and recreation. Although, in the area of control room operators it might need some more time. It is important the technology works well enough and has been accordingly tested before it can be used in this work field, as accidents cannot happen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 36 p.
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Computer and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-138026ISRN: LIU-IDA/LITH-EX-A--17/003--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-138026DiVA: diva2:1106086
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Computer science
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2017-02-20, 22:13
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Available from: 2017-06-08 Created: 2017-06-06 Last updated: 2017-06-08Bibliographically approved

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