The configuration and experience mapping of an accessible VR environment for effective design reviews

Wodehouse, Andrew and Loudon, Brian and Urquhart, Lewis (2020) The configuration and experience mapping of an accessible VR environment for effective design reviews. International Journal on Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacture, 34 (3). pp. 387-400. ISSN 0890-0604

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a new VR interaction environment for the evaluation of digital prototypes, specifically in designer-client review sessions, and documents its implementation via experience mapping. Usability of VR controllers and basic manipulation remains a barrier for lay users, and a range of typical implementations are reviewed, highlighting the need for an easily accessible interface for this setting. The resulting interface configuration – the Control Carousel – demonstrates how the appropriate use of familiar mechanisms can increase VR accessibility. Three case studies using the Carousel in commercial design projects are described, and the subsequent interface refinements outlined. Finally, the development of an experience map describing the logistical, interactive and emotive factors affecting the Carousel’s implementation, is documented. This provides insights on how experience mapping can be used as part of a human-centred design process to ensure VR environments are attuned to the requirements of users, in this instance delivering improved collaborative reviews.