CSE498, Collaborative Design, Spring 2019
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, Herman Miller is one of the world’s largest producers of high-end office furnishings. Its products are used in modern workspaces around the globe.

When moving to a new location, workers can easily get lost trying to find their office, the breakroom or even the bathroom. Finding their way can also be challenging for visitors, including potential customers.

Our Office Navigation Using Augmented Reality app is an indoor AR navigation tool for clients and employees of Herman Miller.

Our app provides turn-by-turn instructions on how to maneuver through an unfamiliar building. It allows a building administrator to set up the environment by locating multiple destinations, as well as identifying the routes throughout the building. After selecting a destination, directional spheres, as shown on the right, will be displayed on the screen. Users then follow the spheres to lead them to their destination.

Our app uses computer vision via Apple’s ARKit and machine learning to detect features and landmarks within an enclosed space. It uses AR to display turn-by-turn instructions. It also has the potential to be useful in a variety of other settings, including hospitals, shopping malls and parking structures.

Our Office Navigation Using Augmented Reality app is built using ARKit, Placenote, AWS Cognito, AWS SageMaker and Pods. They work together to create a coherent user experience.