Towards Underwater Augmented Reality Interfaces to Improve the Navigation Experience

Ewa Anna Szyszka, Kai Kunze

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In this paper, we present initial work towards evaluating augmented reality interfaces to enhance underwater navigation. We propose a conceptual framework that combines real-time GPS coordinates fetched from an Aqua-Fi module with computer vision approach to overlay a first-person view (FPV) rendering real-time AR-generated arrows pointing in the direction of the exit point of the dive. The system will allow the diver to trace the progression of the dive and easily find the way out in low visibility and high turbidity conditions. We present an initial requirements analysis based on test dives of the researchers to understand the problem domain better and an initial proposed system with early feasibility tests. We are testing an integrated AR system (inertial motion sensing, GPS and Computer Vision, DolphinSLAM [6]) with visual feedback for a first test, yet are considering also haptic and other modalities for interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Augmented Humans Conference 2022, AHs 2022
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450396325
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar 13
Event2022 Augmented Humans Conference, AHs 2022 - Virtual, Online, Germany
Duration: 2022 Mar 132022 Mar 15

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference2022 Augmented Humans Conference, AHs 2022
CityVirtual, Online


  • AR-based navigation
  • Aquatic navigation
  • SLAM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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