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Interaction Technology, Interfaces and The End of Reality

May 14, 2013

The 21st century has introduced an array of technologies that strive to enable the seamless mix of virtual content and real-world environments. The ability to augment the human senses holds great potential, but could there be an inherent conflict with our natural experiences of our surroundings?

Emerging head-worn displays, such as Google Glass, promise to simplify and amplify our experiences of the real world, but are we also risking to diminish and reduce the value of an unaltered reality?

The first part of this talk will provide an overview of our technical research in merging virtual information with a real environment using novel displays systems, sensing technologies, interaction techniques and contextual user interfaces.

The second part will in a broader sense explore some potential unexpected implications of AR, such as intentionally impractical AR experiences, cognitive overload, addictive telepresence, and the fine line between augmentation and dehumanization.

Alex Olwal, Ph.D., MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, United States
Date: 14-5-13
Time: 13:15 -14:45
Location: TU Vienna
HS 7 (Schütte-Lihotzky HS)
1040 Wien, Karlsplatz 13
Main Building, Stiege VII, ground floor

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Event Location

TU Vienna - Zemanek Lecture Room (Room Number: HHEG01)
1040 Vienna Favoritenstraße 9-11, Stiege III, ground floor, light green area