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“Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Kid!” : Exploring the Potential of Virtual Reality Environments to Teach Children to Keep Their Attention While Biking

Gagelas, P. (2018) “Keep Your Eyes on the Road, Kid!” : Exploring the Potential of Virtual Reality Environments to Teach Children to Keep Their Attention While Biking.

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Abstract:In this research project, a connection between a bike and a game engine was developed and implemented in Virtual Reality. This was done with the use of a game developed by both the researcher and an external 3D modeler to let a user pedal in a visual environment, namely the Unity game engine. The main focus was to develop a system that could be used to track pedaling and steering of a non-stationary bicycle. The idea came from a request from therapists for this project to develop a simulated training environment for helping individuals who have problems with biking. The report started with understanding a real-world problem and followed on by making background research and analysis of related work. Then the main methods of the study were described. After that, ideas were created for the prototype and requirements were stated. Using the specifications, a system was realized and 2 evaluations, with 12 testers each, were conducted. The report ended with a conclusion of the study and ideas for future research. The final prototype contained 2 input devices: pedaling and steering. The pedaling was tracked to measure the speed of the user and steering was sensed to check how much the user rotated the steering wheel. In addition, the view of the user was displayed by using a Virtual Reality headset. The results of the evaluations were positive and a foundation was built for future projects in the domain of biking in Virtual Environments.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Clients:
Twinsense 360, Enschede
Roessingh Research and Development, Enschede
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general, 54 computer science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75561
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