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Firefly Island: Exploring intimacy in social VR

Menifer, Savio (2022) Firefly Island: Exploring intimacy in social VR.

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Abstract:Intimacy and intimate relationships are a core part of the human experience. Social virtual reality (VR) presents a novel opportunity for intimate interactions to emerge, and intimate relationships to be formed, as it is becoming an increasingly popular ecosystem in which people meet and interact with each other virtually. This thesis presents an exploratory look into how intimacy can be facilitated in social VR, by integrating theory and practice in the design of Firefly Island, a social VR world focused on intimacy. The world was designed, evaluated, and reflected upon in two iterations while following a research through design approach, with a focus on novel affordances or interaction possibilities enabled by social VR. The results of this thesis highlight unique social VR affordances that can help facilitate intimacy, and provide intermediate-level design knowledge that can be used by future designers and researchers to create better social VR experiences focused on intimacy.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general, 54 computer science
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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