SaVR: Increasing Safety in Virtual Reality Environments via Electrical Muscle Stimulation

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PubDate: November 2020

Teams: University Duisburg-Essen

Writers: Sarah Faltaous;Joshua Neuwirth;Uwe Gruenefeld;Stefan Schneegass

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Abstract

One of the main benefits of interactive Virtual Reality (VR) applications is that they provide a high sense of immersion. As a result, users lose their sense of real-world space which makes them vulnerable to collisions with real-world objects. In this work, we propose a novel approach to prevent such collisions using Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS). EMS actively prevents the movement that would result in a collision by actuating the antagonist muscle. We report on a user study comparing our approach to the commonly used feedback modalities: audio, visual, and vibro-tactile. Our results show that EMS is a promising modality for restraining user movement and, at the same time, rated best in terms of user experience.

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