Evaluating immersive experiences during Covid-19 and beyond

Anthony Steed, Francisco Ortega, Adam Williams, Ernst Kruijff, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger, Anil Ufuk Batmaz, Andrea Stevenson Won, Evan Suma Rosenberg, Adalberto L. Simeone
ACM Interactions, Volume 27, Number 4 - may 2020


The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we once knew it. The safety and well-being of people are paramount, and there is no exception for the human-computer interaction (HCI) field. Most universities and research labs have closed non-critical research labs. With that closure and the student populations having left campus, in-person user studies have been suspended for the foreseeable future. Experiments that involve the usage of specialized technology, such as virtual and augmented reality headsets, create additional challenges. While some head-mounted displays (HMDs) have become more affordable for consumers (e.g., Oculus Quest), there are still multiple constraints for researchers, including the expense of high-end HMDs (e.g., Microsoft Hololens), high-end graphics hardware, and specialized sensors, as well as ethical concerns around reusing equipment that comes in close contact with each participant and may be difficult to sterilize. These difficulties have led the extended reality (XR) community (which includes the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) research communities) to ask how we can continue to practically and ethically run experiments under these circumstances. Here, we summarize the status of a community discussion of short-term, medium-term, and long-term measures to deal with the current Covid-19 situation and its potential longer-term impacts. In particular, we outline steps we are taking toward community support of distributed experiments. There are a number of reasons to look at a more distributed model of participant recruitment, including the generalizability of the work and potential access to target-specific, hard-to-reach user groups. We hope that this article will inform the first steps toward addressing the practical and ethical concerns for such studies.

Zum Beitrag: https://interactions.acm.org/blog/view/evaluating-immersive-experiences-during-covid-19-and-beyond

BibTex references

  author       = {Steed, Anthony and Ortega, Francisco and Williams, Adam and Kruijff, Ernst and Stuerzlinger, Wolfgang and Batmaz, Anil Ufuk and Stevenson Won, Andrea and Rosenberg, Evan Suma and Simeone, Adalberto L.},
  title        = {Evaluating immersive experiences during Covid-19 and beyond},
  journal      = {ACM Interactions},
  number       = {4},
  volume       = {27},
  month        = {may},
  year         = {2020},

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