Apple’s Bet On AR & The Future of UI Design

AR design has more potential than just layering a virtual filter on top of our faces in Snapchat.

Hannah White
Sep 7, 2017 · 6 min read
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AR vs. VR

First, let’s break down the difference between augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). AR is a technology that layers computer generated enhancements atop an existing reality in order to make it more engaging. VR is an artificial computer-generated simulation or recreation of a real life environment.

AR design on Snapchat
Google Cardboard, VR design
Google Cardboard
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UI Design Will Evolve

As humans increasingly let technology into more areas of their lives, their interactions with technology will begin to evolve. It’s not too far off that we may live a life without the screens we know now. AR will become an integrated part of our environment, with the information we need placed just at the right position.

AR design, controls and interactions
Hyper Reality

Controls & Interactions:

Currently, we control our interfaces with the touch of a finger or a cursor on the computer. What will this look like in AR?

Position & Environment:

Something that will be new in AR design is the position of the user in their environment. How does AR take into account the user’s height, the lighting, the environment, and the location of other users?

2D inside a 3D Interface:

AR is layering a 2D UI in the user’s reality. The normal problems, like readability, contrast, and information hierarchy, just became much harder to solve. For the mobile phone, the most extreme environmental conditions most designers deal with are bright daylight and complete darkness.

Ads & Data Collection

Augmented reality will allow advertisers to personalize an ad experience like never before. Let’s imagine you’re wearing a pair of AR glasses. It starts with your morning routine, when your AR assistant realizes you are low on toothpaste, and 3 different ads for toothpaste brands appear before you as you brush your teeth. You shake your head in annoyance, and the ads disappear noting your “disinterest”.

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Hannah White

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VP Design & Product Experience@ Leverege and Managing Editor @ IoT For All| Coffee, design, data, repeat.

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VP Design & Product Experience@ Leverege and Managing Editor @ IoT For All| Coffee, design, data, repeat.

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