SoAR (Social Augmented Reality) is a mobile app for collaboration and communication in work environments. It consists of one-on-one video streaming with a bidirectional drawing layer for emphasizing details. SoAR is ideal for cooperating in situations that require an effective, visual assessment.
SoAR aims to
- lower the threshold to seek and give guidance, enhance the culture of communication and mutual assistance at workplace.
- speed up problem-solving by mitigating the effect of distance and different backgrounds and vocabularies
- increase safety by enabling cooperation in situations that require constant presence
- support informal workplace learning and professional development
SoAR is open source and the current prototype works on Android devices. The app has been developed in the Learning Environments research group of Media Lab Helsinki, Aalto University, in the Learning Layers project (EU, FP7).
Upcoming prototypes will explore the possibilities of mobile depth-sensors to include more accurate spatial information and measurement data to the video stream.
Doctoral Candidate Jana Pejoska
Researcher Marjo Virnes, marjo.virnes(at)aalto.fi
Research Assistant Sanna Reponen, sanna.reponen(at)aalto.fi