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Opportunistic Interfaces for Augmented Reality: Transforming Everyday Objects into Tangible 6DoF Interfaces Using Ad hoc UI

Extended Abstracts of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM


Real-time environmental tracking has become a fundamental capability in modern mobile phones and AR/VR devices. However, it only allows user interfaces to be anchored at a static location. Although fiducial and natural-feature tracking overlays interfaces with specific visual features, they typically require developers to define the pattern before deployment. In this paper, we introduce opportunistic interfaces to grant users complete freedom to summon virtual interfaces on everyday objects via voice commands or tapping gestures. We present the workflow and technical details of Ad hoc UI (AhUI), a prototyping toolkit to empower users to turn everyday objects into opportunistic interfaces on the fly. We showcase a set of demos with real-time tracking, voice activation, 6DoF interactions, and mid-air gestures and prospect the future of opportunistic interfaces.

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