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  • Ryo Watanabe*, Junki Inoue, Kouki Yokoyama*, Takuma Umemori*, Tsuyoshi Ishikawa, Takanobu Omata, Takahiro Higuchi*
  • * External authors


  • Sony Group Corporation


  • Journal of Digital Life


  • 2023


Changing weight perception using augmented reality

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Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that renders computer-generated (CG) images onto the physical world in real time. To establish technology to alter weight perception using CG images in an AR environment, we investigated whether the size of virtual objects superimposed on a physical object would affect perceived heaviness. Participants (n = 22) wore a head-mounted display with a stereo camera and observed an object overlaid with a CG image. They lifted the object vertically and rated its subjective heaviness. We found that the virtually smaller object was perceived to be heavier than the virtually larger object among a large share of participants, indicating that a well-known phenomenon, the size-weight illusion (SWI), occurred. The SWI did not occur when the virtual size became larger or smaller after movement to reach the object was initiated. Our results suggest that presenting virtual objects in an AR environment effectively altered weight perception.