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Towards Next Generation Technical Documentation in Augmented Reality Using a Context-Aware Information Manager

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Department of Mechanics Mathematics and Management, Polytechnic University of Bari, Via Orabona 4, 70126 Bari, Italy
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Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Polytechnic University of Bari, Via Orabona 4, 70126 Bari, Italy
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Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 545 Whittemore Hall (MC 0118), 1185 Perry Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(3), 780; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10030780
Received: 5 December 2019 / Revised: 10 January 2020 / Accepted: 20 January 2020 / Published: 22 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Applications of Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality)
Technical documentation is evolving from static contents presented on paper or via digital publishing to real-time on-demand contents displayed via virtual and augmented reality (AR) devices. However, how best to provide personalized and context-relevant presentation of technical information is still an open field of research. In particular, the systems described in the literature can manage a limited number of modalities to convey technical information, and do not consider the ‘people’ factor. Then, in this work, we present a Context-Aware Technical Information Management (CATIM) system, that dynamically manages (1) what information as well as (2) how information is presented in an augmented reality interface. The system was successfully implemented, and we made a first evaluation in the real industrial scenario of the maintenance of a hydraulic valve. We also measured the time performance of the system, and results revealed that CATIM performs fast enough to support interactive AR. View Full-Text
Keywords: augmented reality; context-aware; industrial; technical documentation; maintenance; human-centered design; human–computer interaction; information manager augmented reality; context-aware; industrial; technical documentation; maintenance; human-centered design; human–computer interaction; information manager
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Gattullo, M.; Evangelista, A.; Manghisi, V.M.; Uva, A.E.; Fiorentino, M.; Boccaccio, A.; Ruta, M.; Gabbard, J.L. Towards Next Generation Technical Documentation in Augmented Reality Using a Context-Aware Information Manager. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 780. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10030780

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Gattullo M, Evangelista A, Manghisi VM, Uva AE, Fiorentino M, Boccaccio A, Ruta M, Gabbard JL. Towards Next Generation Technical Documentation in Augmented Reality Using a Context-Aware Information Manager. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(3):780. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10030780

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Gattullo, Michele, Alessandro Evangelista, Vito M. Manghisi, Antonio E. Uva, Michele Fiorentino, Antonio Boccaccio, Michele Ruta, and Joseph L. Gabbard 2020. "Towards Next Generation Technical Documentation in Augmented Reality Using a Context-Aware Information Manager" Applied Sciences 10, no. 3: 780. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10030780

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