Impact of Augmented Reality on Movement and Spatial Navigation

2024 – ongoing


There are a variety of health and safety issues that could occur from wearing head-mounted displays (HMDs), such as simulator sickness, or distraction, among others. Changes in body movement while wearing a HMD could be indicative of the person exhibiting unsafe behaviour. For example, if a person is paying more attention to the virtual content in an Augmented Reality (AR) display than the real world around them, then their walking gait behaviour may change.

This project explores which movement features could be used to detect variations in behaviour in real, augmented, and virtual environments. The goal of this project is to explore how using AR HMDs could perturb gait and other human movement parameters. This will be done by collecting normative movement data from people moving in a variety of situations, and then collect data from the same people while they complete the same task wearing AR HMDs. Identified variations in movement could then be used as an indicator of potential health and safety issues and guide the future design of AR user interfaces.


This project is funded by Meta Platforms Technologies.



Prof. Stephan Lukosch 


Project Partners

    • University of South Australia
    • University of Auckland

HIT Lab NZ Project Team

Stephan Lukosch, HIT Lab NZ

Marko Ritter, HIT Lab NZ