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Therminator: Understanding the Interdependency of Visual and On-Body Thermal Feedback in Virtual Reality

Günther, Sebastian and Müller, Florian and Schön, Dominik and Elmoghazy, Omar and Mühlhäuser, Max and Schmitz, Martin (2020):
Therminator: Understanding the Interdependency of Visual and On-Body Thermal Feedback in Virtual Reality.
In: CHI '20-CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Honolulu, USA, 25.04.-30.04.2020, ISBN 978-1-4503-6708-0,
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Abstract

Recent advances have made Virtual Reality (VR) more realistic than ever before. This improved realism is attributed to today's ability to increasingly appeal to human sensations, such as visual, auditory or tactile. While research also examines temperature sensation as an important aspect, the interdependency of visual and thermal perception in VR is still underexplored. In this paper, we propose Therminator, a thermal display concept that provides warm and cold on-body feedback in VR through heat conduction of flowing liquids with different temperatures. Further, we systematically evaluate the interdependency of different visual and thermal stimuli on the temperature perception of arm and abdomen with 25 participants. As part of the results, we found varying temperature perception depending on the stimuli, as well as increasing involvement of users during conditions with matching stimuli.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2020
Creators: Günther, Sebastian and Müller, Florian and Schön, Dominik and Elmoghazy, Omar and Mühlhäuser, Max and Schmitz, Martin
Title: Therminator: Understanding the Interdependency of Visual and On-Body Thermal Feedback in Virtual Reality
Language: English
Abstract:

Recent advances have made Virtual Reality (VR) more realistic than ever before. This improved realism is attributed to today's ability to increasingly appeal to human sensations, such as visual, auditory or tactile. While research also examines temperature sensation as an important aspect, the interdependency of visual and thermal perception in VR is still underexplored. In this paper, we propose Therminator, a thermal display concept that provides warm and cold on-body feedback in VR through heat conduction of flowing liquids with different temperatures. Further, we systematically evaluate the interdependency of different visual and thermal stimuli on the temperature perception of arm and abdomen with 25 participants. As part of the results, we found varying temperature perception depending on the stimuli, as well as increasing involvement of users during conditions with matching stimuli.

ISBN: 978-1-4503-6708-0
Uncontrolled Keywords: Haptics, Temperature, Thermal Feedback, Virtual Reality
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Telecooperation
Event Title: CHI '20-CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Event Location: Honolulu, USA
Event Dates: 25.04.-30.04.2020
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2020 12:34
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