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A safer, more social augmented reality for public space

Augmented reality (AR) is at an exciting moment today. Emerging applications paint a magical experience of a new world overlaid onto what we see. In reality, however, interacting with AR can be strange, awkward, even dangerous, especially around others in public space.

StreetSmart.AR is an approach to designing AR that takes public interactions into consideration. It urges designers to consider how user behaviors affect others around them, and offers principles and examples to show how to put this into practice. By embedding patterns for safety and shareability, designers can begin crafting public AR experiences that everyone can enjoy.