Haptic-Enhanced Presence in VR: Exploring the importance of haptic feedback in virtual environments to achieve presence

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title Haptic-Enhanced Presence in VR: Exploring the importance of haptic feedback in virtual environments to achieve presence
Author Håkonsson, Jakob
Date 2018
English abstract
Through qualitative and exploratory research, this thesis project investigates how body stimulation from haptic feedback affects user’s feeling of presence in VR environments. It identifies that in current time, the development of haptic feedback in VR lags severely behind the advancements made in visual and auditory feedback, and that some companies disregard its importance. Simultaneously, new companies are emerging which focus entirely on haptics in VR. Since development is still an early stage, this thesis highlights now as a unique opportunity to explore the thoughts professionals have on the topic, as well as try to find out which exact haptics are important for feeling presence to serve as a guide to those developing such systems. Finally, to tackle this issue, it is imperative to understand certain theoretical concepts such as affordances and embodiment, and how they change in the world of VR. This understanding can contribute to Interaction Design knowledge.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject VR
Haptics
Embodiment
Presence
Immersion
Affordances
Prototyping
Interaction Design
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