Using AR gaze-based interaction to control IoT devices

University essay from Lunds universitet/Ergonomi och aerosolteknologi

Abstract: Augmented Reality (AR) has lately gained a lot of momentum with popular applications such as Pokémon Go and Snapchat. Also, AR is becoming increasingly popular as a supportive tool for measuring objects and instructing users who are struggling with complex tasks. Moreover, head-worn AR glasses can have the potential of assisting people who needs their hands elsewhere or are unable to use their hands at all. By pairing AR glasses with eye-tracking, the technology can become even more accessible since it is possible to adopt gaze-based interaction. This master thesis aims to explore whether you can control Internet of Things devices by solely using eye-gaze as input. A prototype using the AR glasses Magic Leap 1 have been created and tested against the native smartphone applications for Sonos speakers and Philips Hue lamps. The study was conducted with 20 test participants and then evaluated and scored based on different usability and workload factors. The results show that gaze-based interaction is viable and usable, but that today’s hardware is too cumbersome to use as an everyday equipment.

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