Master Thesis MSTR-2016-58

BibliographyMaurer, Steffen: Augmenting movement with navigational aids from a projector drone.
University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology, Master Thesis No. 58 (2016).
115 pages, english.

This master thesis introduces a new method for pedestrian navigation with the use of augmented reality and evaluates it. Instead of the user having to carry equipment for generating the augmented reality a drone is used. This quadcopter has an attached mobile projector and is therefore capable to project navigational instructions directly into the real world. The drone is flying ahead of the user and guides him or her with the projected instructions to his or her desired goal. This thesis describes the development and the set-up of such a system. To evaluate if this type of navigation is suitable to guide a user to his or her goal and can compete against the traditional methods a prototype was developed. With the help of this prototype a user study was conducted where the dronebased navigation was tested in competition of smartphone-based navigation. Besides the overall attractiveness for the user and suitability for the task other dimensions have been tested, too. It was explored which navigation method is more exhausting for the user to follow and which method provides better orientation for the user. This thesis shows that drone-based augmented reality has a lot of advantages over smartphones when used for navigation. It is also explained which problems have to be addressed to successful use the proposed system.

Department(s)University of Stuttgart, Institute of Visualisation and Interactive Systems, Visualisation and Interactive Systems
Superviser(s)Schmidt, Prof. Albrecht; Funk, Markus; Knierim, Pascal
Entry dateJune 4, 2019
   Publ. Computer Science