VR-Replay: Capturing and Replaying Avatars in VR for Asynchronous 3D Collaborative Design
PubDate: August 2019
Teams: Cornell University
Writers: Cheng Yao Wang; Logan Drumm; Christopher Troup; Yingjie Ding; Andrea Stevenson Won
Distributed teams rely on asynchronous CMC tools to complete collaborative tasks due to the difficulties and costs surrounding scheduling synchronous communications. In this paper, we present VR-Replay, a new communication tool that records and replays avatars with both nonverbal behavior and verbal communication in VR asynchronous collaboration. We describe a study comparing VR-Replay with a desktop-based CVE with audio annotation and a VR immersive CVE with audio annotation. Our results suggest that viewing the replay avatar in VR-Replay improves teamwork, causing people to view their partners as more likable, warm, and friendly. 75% of the users chose VR-Replay as the preferred communication tool in our study.