Experience with a Trans-Pacific Collaborative Mixed Reality Plant Walk

Shanthi Vellingiri, Joseph White-Swift, Gi Vania, Brian Dourty, Satoru Okamoto, Naoaki Yamanaka, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran

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Abstract

In this paper, we share our experiences with a Trans-Pacific, collaborative mixed-reality (MR) based plant walk tour involving three geographical locations: (i) Dallas, Texas; (ii) Denver, Colorado; and (iii) Yokohama, Japan. The Wide Area Network (WAN) from Japan to Denver and from Denver to Dallas was through 100 Gbps optical links. These links were a mixture of leased and dedicated infrastructure. The average observed latency was around 131 ms and the maximum available bandwidth was 26.6 Gbps. The tour developed using a component-based framework, provided group travel with a leader-follower criterion involving a semi-active travel technique. By applying a 'modified Virtual Reality' (mVR) triangle paradigm, we examined the user experience of this collaborative tour. We considered Visualization, Synchronization, and Exploration design choices as the three key aspects of the mVR triangle. We assessed the user experience of the tour through a Gibbs triangle, with each of the composition of the Gibbs triangle being a key aspect of the mVR triangle. We obtained users' scores on the three aspects of the mVR using a seven-point, Likert scale questionnaire. We conducted 14 sessions of group travel. Overall, we found the user experience of the trans-pacific plant walk tour to be in the Balanced Experience Region (BER) region or the center part of the Gibbs triangle, which conveys that the majority of the participants experienced a balanced influence of mVR aspects throughout the tour.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, VRW 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages238-245
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728165325
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar
Event2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, VRW 2020 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 2020 Mar 222020 Mar 26

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, VRW 2020

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, VRW 2020
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period20/3/2220/3/26

Keywords

  • Human-centered computing - Collaborative interaction
  • Human-centered computing - Field studies
  • Human-centered computing - Gestural input
  • Human-centered computing - Interaction devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Media Technology

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    Vellingiri, S., White-Swift, J., Vania, G., Dourty, B., Okamoto, S., Yamanaka, N., & Prabhakaran, B. (2020). Experience with a Trans-Pacific Collaborative Mixed Reality Plant Walk. In Proceedings - 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, VRW 2020 (pp. 238-245). [9090464] (Proceedings - 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, VRW 2020). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/VRW50115.2020.00051