ARTree. Designing & evaluating handheld augmented reality art
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Augmented reality is a technology combining physical and virtual objects. This study aimes to explore the use of this technology in art. The prototype ARTree was developed through contributions from an artist, and consists of a physical tree and virtual objects representing the four seasons. A qualitative usability test was conducted where users were observed while interacting with ARTree, and expressed their thoughts and actions through the use of the think aloud technique. Findings from the evaluation were that users interact with AR art in an exploring way, experiencing it as a task. Findings also revealed that users find it more comfortable to interact with the paper markers that the 3D objects are connected to, than to move the tree and the branches.