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Spatial Hashtag

Role:  Team Lead

AR/VR Designer

Team of 5: 

Kathy Wang, Jared Cheshier, Colin Keenan, William Liu, Leon Wu


- Ideation

- AR Prototyping

- Interaction Design

- 3D Modeling & Rendering

- User Testing

- Video Production

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Spatial Hashtag


A tool to create and curate spatial content. Easily leave notes and media in Augmented Reality using the phone’s native keyboard without taking off your wearable.


Extended Reality

at MIT Media Lab


When user enter the #HackToTheFuture, they would only see the contents that related to the MIT Reality Hack 2020 through their Nreal light glass.



This project examines the precedent social media to clarify the utility of hashtags and user-assigned metadata channels within existing virtual spaces and forums. While user-submitted tags differ from platform to platform, they share a curation function- connecting users with channels of communication relevant to their wants and needs. 

From Internet Relay Chat to Twitter and beyond, hashtags have an established lineage as a stand-in for a user saying, “I think this content is relevant to topic X.” We immediately saw a need for equivalent functionality in virtual spaces and across digital realities. Once users are empowered to post content affixed to the underlying ‘default reality,’ the volume of content will quickly exceed the physical space’s ability to comfortably accommodate this content.

From 2D Hashtag to 3D Hashtag


Spatial Hashtag System

Multiple AR Layers will Extended the Physical Reality

AR is still an emerging technology, and many of the challenges we faced came when we pushed the technology right up to its current limitations. In thi sproject, I explores how spatial realities relate to one another, how the display of location-persistent text and models should be prioritized relative to one another, and how to facilitate user-centered curation of the spatial media relevant to their needs.

My vision for the future AR killer app is a social media app that allows millions of users to see digital augmented contents that blends perfectly with their physical environments. And because users can create unlimited virtual layers using spatial hashtags, then our physical world will also be extended accordingly.

AR App Prototyping

The user is looking at a Spatial Hashtag in a public environment.

Using Facial Recognition to Login the App

Final Working Prototype

Demo Video:

When user enter the #MITMediaLab, they would see all the contents that's in the MIT Media Lab Building through their Nreal light glass.

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Demo Video

Video Shot via AR Glasses

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