Physical-Virtual Domains

Recent advances in digital computing and sensing spawned a number of gadgets, linking virtual content closely to our environment by supporting and augmenting physical senses, shifting communication modalities, and greatly simplifying access to information.

Miniaturized computing power and sensing equipment, combined with simplified modes of interaction and communication bear huge potential for smart environments, yielding a domain blending the physical with the virtual and presenting information and knowledge in an increasingly materialized manner. These new artifacts pose great challenges to designers and engineers as they are easily perceived as irritating debris.

The requirement of being particularly subtle renders them more complex to conceptualize, create and adjust. In order to create persuasive experiences for novel interfaces and adaptive systems, we need to find appropriate interaction metaphors and presentation strategies. Moreover, we have to utilize applicable modalities, but most of all we have to combine them in a reasonable way. Hence, we introduce the concept of Physical-Virtual Domains, denoting smart environments, interweaving virtual data with physical surroundings in a seamless manner.

By pursuing research in this field, we seek to gain pioneering insights, investigate potential applications, and consequently enhance interaction with a fusion of virtual reality and consensus reality. Research goals include the advance of knowledge for designing interfaces for different form factors, as well as building experimental prototypes, sketching novel interfaces, and providing a glimpse into the future of technological utopia.


Roland Aigner

Key Researcher & Artist

In not too distant future, the line between the virtual and the real will be unrecognizable. Instead, it will be even odd to think about such a distinction.