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Shared AR
Augmented Reality for the Smart Home

A vision for a multi-user Augmented Reality future

When we use augmented reality (or even virtual reality) nowadays, it is almost always a completely solo-experience. However, when AR becomes more popular and more people start wearing a headset: how should our solo-worlds come together? As with physical object, in a shared room, we can both see them, use them and move them. Even when an object is not yours, you can still interact with it. When we start to implement AR in homes, we might want to have these shared qualities in our digital objects too. But, as these object are more or less a hybrid of physical objects and digital programs running on our laptops: do we want to attach other qualities to them perhaps? Maybe you want to have a digital object only for yourself? When your are together with someone else in a room and that person clearly hides his digital object for you: what would you think? Would that result in some tension? Therefore, in this future vision, I introduce the concept of ‘Rings’, where digital applications can either be shared or private. However, ‘private’ means in is only abstractly hidden for people. When people watch from the same perspective as you do, just like if you would use a laptop, they can watch together with you to your digital application.

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