In this project we explored a concept for augmented reality entertainment, called AR Karaoke, where users perform their favorite dramatic scenes with virtual actors. AR Karaoke is the acting equivalent of traditional karaoke, where the goal is to facilitate an acting experience for the user that is entertaining for both the user and audience. The main challenge in creating an AR Karaoke prototype is to develop an easy to learn user interface that helps the performer understand the timing, body movement, and dialog for their character. Several prototype implementations were created to evaluate various user interfaces and design approaches for different genres of dramatic performance. The prototypes were based on the movies "The Princess Bride", "The Wizard of Oz", and "12 Angry Men". The process of implementing and testing these prototypes revealed guidelines that are relevant to the design of mixed reality applications in the domains of gaming, performance, and entertainment.
A collaboration with Blair MacIntyre and the Augmented Environments Lab (AEL).