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AUGMENTED REALITY CONCENTRATION CUBICLE

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249206D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-09
Document File: 5 page(s) / 745K

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Cathrine Andersen: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Presented herein are augmented reality techniques for establishing digital walls and utilizing noise cancelation to create a virtual silent room around the employee in an otherwise noisy or distracting environment.

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AUGMENTED REALITY CONCENTRATION CUBICLE

AUTHORS: Cathrine Andersen David Reeckmann

Christian Rasmussen Dan Bourque

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

Presented herein are augmented reality techniques for establishing digital walls and

utilizing noise cancelation to create a virtual silent room around the employee in an

otherwise noisy or distracting environment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The open office has become an increasingly popular office layout style, replacing

cubicles and single-person offices in many companies globally. While celebrated for its

advantages (e.g., approachability of colleagues and leadership, fostering collaboration,

promoting learning, etc.), the open office has its challenges. For example, open office

environments can hinder employees who need to concentrate alone or in smaller groups.

New technologies have been unable to offer an efficient solution to this problem, but with

the rise of augmented and virtual reality, there exists a potential to leverage the

technologies emerging in this space to solve office layout and collaboration issues.

The concept of the Augmented Reality Concentration Cubicle (ARCC) covers two

use cases and solves two common problems in open office workspaces. It does so by

combining augmented reality and augmented audio.

Use Case 1: The Cubicle

Essentially, techniques described herein enable the creation of an

augmented/virtual reality cubicle in an open office environment in which employees

generally have little private space (i.e., employees do not have cubicles). An employee may

wear an augmented/virtual reality head-mounted device (e.g., a lens) at a desk while

working. If the employee is bothered by visual and/or auditory distractions in the open

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office space, the employee may open the ARCC application via the device and establish

digital walls around the desk. The device may automatically identify the desk and align

walls with the desk. These virtual walls provide the employee with a sense of privacy and

remove visual distractions without interfering with fellow co-workers.

Figure 1 below illustrates an example desk in an open office environment.

Figure 1

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Figure 2 below illustrates the example desk of Figure 1 with aligned virtual walls.

Figure 2

Audio (e.g., office noise) may also be minimized to create a com...