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Motion sickness in a Virtual Reality cycling simulation

Eijkemans, Joep (2019) Motion sickness in a Virtual Reality cycling simulation.

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Abstract:Children with DCD have trouble learning skills such as riding a bicycle. The Roessingh Center of Rehabilitation provides these children with extra help. But the step from therapy in a safe practice environment to practicing in traffic was deemed too large by the therapists. A virtual reality cycling simulation was developed to bridge this gap, providing a realistic yet safe practice environment. However, this simulation induces motion sickness. This report describes the process of reducing this effect from this simulation. This process started with consulting scientific literature. A number of potential solutions (changeable aspects of this simulation that have shown to decrease the severity of VR induced motion sickness in different simulations) were deducted from this literature and implemented in the cycling simulation. They were then tested over the course of 2 experiments. First, a small pilot test (N= 7) to collect qualitative data and then a larger experiment (N= 27) to collect both quantitative and qualitative data, which was used to determine which potential solution(s) actually prove effective in decreasing the severity of VR induced motion sickness. Over the course of this project, a total number of 13 solutions was narrowed down to 2 (second experiment). Only one proved consistently effective in reducing VR induced motion sickness, which was to point a fan at the user.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Roessingh Research and Development, Enschede, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 55 traffic technology, transport technology
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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