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Title: Season Traveller: Multisensory Narration for Enhancing the Virtual Reality Experience
Authors: Ranasinghe, Nimesha
Jain, Pravar
Nguyen, Thi Ngoc Tram 
Koh, Koon Chuan Raymond 
Tolley, David 
Karwita, Shienny
Lin, Lien-Ya 
Yan, Liangkun 
Shamaiah, Kala
Tung, Chow Eason Wai
Yen, Ching Chiuan 
Do, Ellen Yi-Luen
Keywords: Science & Technology
Computer Science, Cybernetics
Computer Science, Information Systems
Computer Science
Multisensory VR
Virtual Reality
Multimodal Interaction
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2018
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
Citation: Ranasinghe, Nimesha, Jain, Pravar, Nguyen, Thi Ngoc Tram, Koh, Koon Chuan Raymond, Tolley, David, Karwita, Shienny, Lin, Lien-Ya, Yan, Liangkun, Shamaiah, Kala, Tung, Chow Eason Wai, Yen, Ching Chiuan, Do, Ellen Yi-Luen (2018-01-01). Season Traveller: Multisensory Narration for Enhancing the Virtual Reality Experience. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2018-April. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: © 2018 ACM. In the same way that we experience the real-world through a range of senses, experiencing a virtual environment through multiple sensory modalities may augment both our presence within a scenario and our reaction to it. In this paper, we present Season Traveller, a multisensory virtual reality (VR) narration of a journey through four seasons within a mystical realm. By adding olfactory and haptic (thermal and wind) stimuli, we extend traditional audio-visual VR technologies to achieve enhanced sensory engagement within interactive experiences. Using both subjective measures of presence and elicited physiological responses, we evaluated the impact of different modalities on the virtual experience. Our results indicate that 1) the addition of any singular modality improves sense of presence with respect to traditional audio-visual experiences and 2) providing a combination of these modalities produces a further significant enhancement over the aforementioned improvements. Furthermore, insights into participants' psychophysiology were extrapolated from electrodermal activity (EDA) and heart rate (HR) measurements during each of the VR experiences.
Source Title: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
ISBN: 9781450356213
DOI: 10.1145/3173574.3174151
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