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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3(2), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3020023

Tango vs. HoloLens: A Comparison of Collaborative Indoor AR Visualisations Using Hand-Held and Hands-Free Devices

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, D-53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany
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Received: 19 February 2019 / Revised: 24 March 2019 / Accepted: 28 March 2019 / Published: 3 April 2019
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Abstract

In this article, we compare a Google Tango tablet with the Microsoft HoloLens smartglasses in the context of the visualisation and interaction with Building Information Modeling data. A user test was conducted where 16 participants solved four tasks, two for each device, in small teams of two. Two aspects are analysed in the user test: the visualisation of interior designs and the visualisation of Building Information Modeling data. The results show that the Tango tablet is surprisingly preferred by most users when it comes to collaboration and discussion in our scenario. While the HoloLens offers hands-free operation and a stable tracking, users mentioned that the interaction with the Tango tablet felt more natural. In addition, users reported that it was easier to get an overall impression with the Tango tablet rather than with the HoloLens smartglasses. View Full-Text
Keywords: comparison; Google Tango; Microsoft HoloLens; Building Information Modeling comparison; Google Tango; Microsoft HoloLens; Building Information Modeling
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Riedlinger, U.; Oppermann, L.; Prinz, W. Tango vs. HoloLens: A Comparison of Collaborative Indoor AR Visualisations Using Hand-Held and Hands-Free Devices. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3, 23.

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