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The potential of augmented reality for digital twins: a literature review

  • As the boundary between real and virtual life is becoming increasingly blurred, researchers and practitioners are looking for ways to integrate the two intending to improve human lives in a plethora of domains. A cutting-edge concept is the design of Digital Twins (DT), having a broad range of implications and applications, spanning from education, training, as well as safety and productivity in the workplace. An emergent approach for implementing DTs is the usage of mixed reality (MR) and augmented reality (AR), which are well aligned with merging real and virtual objects to enhance the human’s ability to interact with and manage DTs. Yet, this is still a novel area of research and, as such, a grounded understanding of the current state, challenges, and open questions is still lacking. Towards this, we conducted a PRISMA-based literature review of scientific articles and book chapters dealing with the use of MR and AR for digital twins. After a thorough screening phase and eligibility check, 25 papers were analyzed, sorted and compared by different categories like research topic (e.g., visualization, guidance), domain (e.g., manufacturing, education), paper type (e.g., design study, evaluation), evaluation type (user study, case study or none), used hardware (e.g., Microsoft HoloLens, mobile devices) as well as the different outcomes (result type and topic, problems, outlook). The major finding of this research survey is the predominant focus of the reviewed papers on the technology itself and the neglect of factors regarding the users. We, therefore, encourage researchers in this area to keep the importance of ease and joy of use in mind and include users in multiple stages of their work.

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Author:Andreas Künz, Sabrina Rosmann, Enrica Loria, Johanna Pirker
Parent Title (English):2022 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces. VR 2022
Place of publication:Piscataway, NJ
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of publication:2022
Release Date:2022/06/20
Tag:Augmented reality; Digital twin; Literature review
First Page:389
Last Page:398
Organisationseinheit:Forschung / Forschungszentrum Nutzerzentrierte Technologien
DDC classes:000 Allgemeines, Informatik, Informationswissenschaft / 000 Allgemeines, Wissenschaft / 004 Informatik
Open Access?:nein
Peer review:wiss. Beitrag, peer-reviewed
Publicationlist:Künz, Andreas
Rosmann, Sabrina