Augmented reality technology is pretty much an interactive experience of the real world. It is a computer-generated form of innovation that enhances perceptual information. It sometimes works across multiple senses. These senses can be audio, visual, sense of smell and others. According to a small study, people who use augmented reality headset to complete tasks get worse results than those with no high-technology help.
They discovered that those who fitted the headsets over-estimate how well they perform. This new discovery might be at the detriment of augmented reality. The technology has gradually been emerging in the fields of medicine and engineering. Researchers believe the problem might be as a result of the way the human eyes focus.
Augmented Reality headsets, like the Microsoft HoloLens, overlay a computer-generated display of the real world. The headsets, which are like massive glasses, contain images projected into a lens.
Potential-packing augmented reality
The technology has the potential to guide skilled workers who maintain complicated machines by giving visual cues while they work. They also tried out the technology in hospitals to help surgeons perform critical procedures.
Meanwhile, a team of researchers at the University of Pisa, Italy discovered that people using headsets were less accurate than those using their eyes to view real-life images. They asked participants in the experiment to complete a “connect-the-dots” test and they completed it twice each. One time with the AR lens and another time without it. They found that the lines drawn from with the help of the AR lens were either too short or too long. That thereby proved the inaccuracy of the high-level technology.
However, according to the coordinator of the study, Dr Marina Carbone, the users did not know that they had bad precision while using the AR lens. The participants, unfortunately, felt that they did well with and without the headset. However, they admitted that using the AR headset made them more tired. Carbone said that this happened due to the human eyes struggling to focus on two separate images at the same time.
At the end of the study, the researchers suggest that the HoloLens should not be used for high-precision manual tasks. It added,
“Although there is increasing interest in using commercial optical see-through head-mounted displays [for] manual tasks that require accurate alignment of VR data to the actual target – such as surgical tasks – attention must be paid to the current limitations of available technology.”
The study used Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. But the researchers confirm that the results will apply to all AR headsets. The Pisa research team is looking to get more understanding into how and when the AR technology can be more useful.