The access to augmented reality app development platforms for Android and iOS mobile operating systems opens up new possibilities for app developers. Meanwhile, the customers, once they get a taste of this new technology, will have new demands and expectations of the way they interact with their computers and smartphones.
What is actually happening now is that we are on the verge of a paradigm shift in UX design. Users will have the chance to interact with business, ecommerce and entertainment applications in an immersive manner, which facilitates faster, more accurate work, and more realistic gaming and shopping experiences.
The current possibilities offered by augmented reality, as well as the potential developments foreseen for the near future, will lead to these key changes in UX design:
1. Instant Feedback for User Interactions
When an augmented reality app is used for training and education, the key benefit added to traditional web and mobile apps is the real-time response to each interaction. When the user performs a task, realistic response to their actions helps them assess whether they are doing things right or wrong.
This type of real-time feedback will change the way e-learning and remote learning apps and software work, creating superior experiences and training techniques, both for students and for work specializations.
2. Less Effort in Performing Tasks
An augmented reality app is an excellent business instrument in various industries. As part of the new generation tools, augmented reality creates a hands-free workplace for many specialists, from engineers and designers to warehouse workers. But this benefit expands to any type of app which users interact with to solve their needs. In shopping, education, entertainment and social media, less effort in interacting with apps and performing various actions equals a smoother experience and increased engagement.
App designers will have to understand exactly how much of the user’s effort they can reduce by incorporating intuitive augmented reality experiences in their products. The race will be towards the app which requires the least quantity of physical interaction with the device to perform various activities.
3. Contextual Input Will Become More Important Than Ever
The animated Snapchat filters which turn people’s faces into cartoon characters or animals are just the beginning of a new philosophy in augmented reality. People will rely more and more on AR to interpret and recreate the world around them. From simulating a new garage added to their home, to designing complex engines and systems, augmented reality will be more and more in demand for creating experiences based on contextual inputs supplied by the users.
4. Decreasing the User’s Memory Load
Work procedures, the order of steps to perform an action, and other similar redundant information keep our memories loaded, while critical knowledge we need to perform the core activities in these tasks may elude us just when we need them the most. This will be a thing of the past when augmented reality becomes a standard feature for most workplaces. Through apps and devices which project 360-degree information in front of the user’s eyes, wherever they are, augmented reality will change the expectations concerning the basic requirements for these web and mobile apps.
5. Rethinking Privacy and Data Protection Protocols
Augmented reality collects and makes use of more personal information than 2D apps. Developers will have to consider all the ways in which their products could be breached, hacked or otherwise compromised and provide solutions to these new threats.
As users become more aware of the risks, they will also demand more proof that their personal data and their privacy are safe while using augmented reality apps.
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