Exploring the Design of Context-Aware AR Interfaces for Document Navigation

The utilization of context awareness presents an opportunity to seamlessly integrate AR content into the user’s environment by using their associations with the real world. This can enhance the predictability and user-friendliness of the interface by aiding the user in determining where to expect the content.
On the other hand, avoiding conflicts between the content and the environment can prevent distractions, clutter, and information overload, thereby facilitating swift content navigation and increasing user satisfaction, efficiency, and overall interface effectiveness. For example, when the user is preparing their outfit for the day, setting the weather application near the closet simplifies navigation for this information.

We propose a context-aware interface, which integrates virtual content into the user’s environment in order to improve discoverability and ease of use.
In this experiment, we explore the advantages and disadvantages that this proposed AR interface can offer compared to a glanceable interface in different contexts.

We investigate the impact of context awareness on the performance and effectiveness of AR interfaces in four contexts: the contexts are different in their social setting and user mobility. We hypothesize that depending on the specifics of the context the optimal interface will be different.
These contexts involve the same task and real-world environment. For two of these contexts, the participant is in a private setting, while the other two are in a social setting. Within each social setting, the participants try the interfaces once in a stationary state and once in a mobile setting where the user moves positions in the room.

We aim to explore how these changes in the user context, may result in switching their preference and affecting their performance using the different interfaces.