Development and Usability Analysis of a Mixed Reality GPS Navigation Application for the Microsoft HoloLens

  • Renan Luigi Martins GuareseEmail author
  • Anderson MacielEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11542)


Navigation in real environments is arguably one of the primary applications for the mixed reality (MR) interaction paradigm. We propose a wearable MR system based on off-the-shelf devices as an alternative to the widespread handheld-based GPS navigation paradigm. Our system uses virtual holograms placed on the terrain instead of the usual heads-up display approach where the augmentations follow the line of sight. In a user experiment, we assessed performance and usability. We monitored user attention through EEG while performing a navigation task using either the MR or the handheld interface. Results show that users deemed our solution to offer a higher visibility to both the oncoming traffic and the suggested route. EEG readings also exposed a significantly less demanding focus level for our prototype. An easiness to learn and use was also indicated for the MR system.


Mixed and augmented reality Human-computer interaction GPS navigation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of InformaticsFederal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)Porto AlegreBrazil

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