Simulator sickness in Augmented Reality training using the Microsoft HoloLens

Alla Vovk, Fridolin Wild, Will Guest, Timo Kuula

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    Augmented Reality is on the rise with consumer-grade smart glasses becoming available in recent years. Those interested in deploying these head-mounted displays need to understand better the effect technology has on the end user. One key aspect potentially hindering the use is motion sickness, a known problem inherited from virtual reality, which so far remains under-explored. In this paper we address this problem by conducting an experiment with 142 subjects in three different industries: aviation, medical, and space. We evaluate whether the Microsoft HoloLens, an augmented reality head-mounted display, causes simulator sickness and how different symptom groups contribute to it (nausea, oculomotor and disorientation). Our findings suggest that the Microsoft HoloLens causes across all participants only negligible symptoms of simulator sickness. Most consumers who use it will face no symptoms while only few experience minimal discomfort in the training environments we tested it in.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Subtitle of host publicationEngage with CHI
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery ACM
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5620-6, 978-1-4503-5621-3
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018 - Montreal, Canada
    Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018


    ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018


    • Augmented Reality
    • Microsoft HoloLens
    • Motion sickness
    • Simulator sickness


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