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Archives of thrill: the V-Armchair experience

Archives of thrill: the V-Armchair experience

Passmore, P. J., Tennent, P., Walker, B., Philpot, A., Le, H., Markowski, M. and Karamanoglu, M. (2017) Archives of thrill: the V-Armchair experience. In: ICAT-EGVE 2017: Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence and Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments. EGVE: Eurographics Workshop on Virtual Environments . The Eurographics Association. ISBN 978-3038680383 ISSN 1727-530X (doi:https://doi.org/10.2312/egve.20171349)

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Abstract

Technology for older people is typically concerned either with health care or accessibility of existing systems. In this paper we take a more 'entertainment-oriented' approach to developing experiences aimed at older users. We describe here the design, development and a user study of the V-Armchair, a virtual reality and motion platform based roller coaster experience. The V-Armchair constitutes a blueprint for the digital archiving of physical ride experiences through the simultaneous capture of 360 video, sound and motion. It gives access to thrill experiences to those who may not be able to go on real thrill rides, such as older riders, and it can be considered as a class of technology that could help to support 'active aging' as defined by the World Health Organisation. We discuss strategies for capturing and then 'toning down' motion experiences to make them accessible for older users. We present a study which explores the user experience of the V-Armchair with an older group (median age 63) using a DK2 headset, and a younger group (median age 25) using a CV1 headset, via thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews and a modified version of the Game Experience Questionnaire, and discuss emergent themes such as the role of the presenter, reminiscence, presence and immersion.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: ICAT-EGVE 2017: Proceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence and Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computing methodologies; Virtual reality; Information systems; Multimedia content creation
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Family Care & Mental Health
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 14:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22919

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