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Exploring the value of adding airflow to the VR-developer’s toolkit
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Media Technology. (Interactive Media Design Programme)
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

To achieve the highest levels of immersion and presence possible in a Virtual Reality experience, all of the sensory input we receive in the real world must be simulatable in Virtual Environments (VE) as well. Foregoing the more popular audio-visual feedback, this project aims to better understand the benefits of adding tactile feedback (namely that of airflow) to the VR-developer‟s toolkit. Through user tests, involving a hairdryer to produce a strong airflow that is easily redirected and changed in temperature, feedback was collected on the user experiences and applications of airflow in a VE made to simulate a walk through river lands similar to the ones found in Sweden. While there was no singular way that the participants experienced the added sensory input, most reported the airflow as being equally important to feeling immersed as background music, and on average almost as important as other audio cues. Perhaps most importantly, rich insights were gathered that can guide further research.

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2019. , p. 14
Keywords [en]
immersion, presence, airflow, virtual environments
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Interaction Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38495OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-38495DiVA, id: diva2:1331740
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Media and Communication Studies
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Technology
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Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-27 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved

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