Design and Development of a Low-cost Device for Weight and Center of Gravity Simulation in Virtual Reality

Monteiro, Diego and Liang, Hai-Ning and Wang, Xian and Xu, Wenge and Tu, Huawei (2021) Design and Development of a Low-cost Device for Weight and Center of Gravity Simulation in Virtual Reality. In: 23rd ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, 18th - 22nd Oct 2021, Montréal QC, Canada.

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Abstract

With rapid advances in virtual reality (VR) technology, the use of haptics has become important to allow users to feel the physical properties of virtual objects. Current research has focused mainly on either weight variation or changing the center of gravity, which limits the simulation potential and may affect the feeling of immer- sion. This research explores the design and development of a device that can simulate both weight and center of gravity using low-cost components. Through an iterative design process and continuous testing with users, we arrived at a final prototype, FluidWeight, a device that can be attached to a typical VR handheld controller. FluidWeight uses fluid, which is transported from a central storage to a receptacle attached to the controller. A final experiment shows that users enjoyed using it because it could help increase the sense of realism in VR applications.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1145/3462244.3479907
Dates:
DateEvent
26 July 2021Accepted
18 October 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtual Reality, Force Feedback, Haptics, Weight Distribution, Center of Gravity, Games.
Subjects: CAH10 - engineering and technology > CAH10-01 - engineering > CAH10-01-01 - engineering (non-specific)
CAH10 - engineering and technology > CAH10-01 - engineering > CAH10-01-08 - electrical and electronic engineering
CAH11 - computing > CAH11-01 - computing > CAH11-01-01 - computer science
G400 Computer Science
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology
Depositing User: Wenge Xu
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2021 10:48
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 10:48
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12292

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