Recently, HCI Lab at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic published a scientific paper at the Special Issue Virtual Reality and Its Application in Cultural Heritage, Applied Sciences, sponsored by MDPI. The paper is entitled “Investigating the Learning Process of Folk Dances Using Mobile Augmented Reality”. It presents a prototype mobile augmented reality application for assisting the process of learning folk dances. At the first stage, one folk dance was digitized using motion tracking technology based on recordings from professional dancers.
Avatar representations are synchronized with the digital representation of the dance. To assess the effectiveness of mobile augmented reality, it was comparatively evaluated with a large back-projection system in laboratory conditions. Twenty healthy participants took part in the study, and their movements were captured using motion capture system and then compared with the recordings from the professional dancers. Experimental results indicate that augmented reality (AR) has the potential to be used for learning process.