Bringing Reality Back to Virtual Reality - A Collaborative Tool for Multidisciplinary Teams

DS 101: Proceedings of NordDesign 2020, Lyngby, Denmark, 12th - 14th August 2020

Year: 2020
Editor: Mortensen, N.H.; Hansen, C.T. and Deininger, M.
Author: Kohtala, Sampsa; Kaland, Thomas; Jacobsen, Live; Aalto, Pasi; Steinert, Martin
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Section: Collaborative Design
Page(s): 12
DOI number:
ISBN: 9781912254088


We propose a new system combining a physical interface and a virtual environment that can be accessed through VR. Our aim is making collaboration in multidisciplinary teams more productive through the joint effects of immersion and presence through VR and the tactility and intuitiveness of a physical interface. A pilot experiment with 14 participants has been conducted. The study shows potential benefits of the system, such as the simplicity of a physical model promoting engagement, and the in-depth exploratory capabilities of the VR application enabling more solutions to be found.

Keywords: Collaboration, virtual reality (VR), multi-/cross-/trans-disciplinary approaches, prototyping


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