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Creative Memory Arrangement in Virtual Reality: Building a VR diary

Rosenbusch, David (2021) Creative Memory Arrangement in Virtual Reality: Building a VR diary.

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Abstract:In the late 2010s virtual reality (VR) devices have managed to establish themselves as a mainstream entertainment peripheral. Initially regarded as gaming-centric devices, avenues for new social interactions, collaboration and general entertainment purposes have emerged, as end-users and developers alike discover the possibilities of this generation of VR headsets. This study provided test-subjects with a three-dimensional multimedia diary, akin to depictions of ‘mind palaces’. Once transported to such a virtual diary, subjects were given tools to shape that environment and place any number of memories in the shape of common media files. An experimental setup, this study aimed to find if there is potential in the idea of an immersive and creative virtual diary, in which days are represented by memory rooms, allowing the subjects to literally walk through their past to reflect and remember. Results suggest that, while there is interest, potential and already several different ways of using such a free-form tool, the current generation of hardware is not yet comfortable enough to be worn for a longer period of time by most people. And although the tools provided were used extensively, they were not able to facilitate many of the creative ideas of the users.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 76 recreation, leisure
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88526
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