Improving Mixed-Reality Prototyping through a Classification and Characterisation of Fidelity

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Chris Cox, Ben Hicks, James Gopsill
Series: DESIGN
Institution: University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Section: Design Support Tools and Methods
Page(s): 353-362
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Prototyping is a vital activity in product development. For reasons of time, cost and level of definition, low fidelity representations of products are used to advance understanding and progress design. With the advent of Mixed Reality prototyping, the ways in which abstractions of different fidelities can be created have multiplied, but there is no guidance on how best to specify this abstraction. In this paper, a taxonomy of the dimensions of product fidelity is proposed so that both designers and researchers can better understand how fidelity can be managed to maximise prototype value.

Keywords: prototyping, virtual prototyping, design tools, ontology, augmented reality (AR)

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