Alla Vovk from Performance Augmentation Lab is unveiling a series of new research concepts at this year’s ACM CHI Conference, held between 21st-26th April in Montreal, Canada, which have the potential to revolutionise how we interact with technology.

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction, where researchers and practitioners gather from across the world to discuss the latest in interactive technology. As part of the conference, Alla is presenting a paper about new ways for people to interact with emerging technology to delegates from worldwide academic institutions and high profile companies such as Microsoft, IBM Research, Google and Facebook.

The ‘Simulator Sickness in Augmented Reality Training Using the Microsoft HoloLens’ paper explores the effects of using head-worn augmented reality displays such as motion sickness.

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 a few experience minimal discomfort in the training environments we tested it in.

The full paper can be found here: