Archives of Thrill: The V-Armchair Experience [article]

Peter J. Passmore, Paul Tennent, Brendan Walker, Adam Philpot, Ha Le, Marianne Markowski, Mehmet Karamanoglu
2017 International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence and Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments  
Technology for older people is typically concerned either with health care or accessibility of existing systems. In this paper we take a more 'entertainment-oriented' approach to developing experiences aimed at older users. We describe here the design, development and a user study of the V-Armchair, a virtual reality and motion platform based roller coaster experience. The V-Armchair constitutes a blueprint for the digital archiving of physical ride experiences through the simultaneous capture
more » ... f 360 video, sound and motion. It gives access to thrill experiences to those who may not be able to go on real thrill rides, such as older riders, and it can be considered as a class of technology that could help to support 'active aging' as defined by the World Health Organisation. We discuss strategies for capturing and then 'toning down' motion experiences to make them accessible for older users. We present a study which explores the user experience of the V-Armchair with an older group (median age 63) using a DK2 headset, and a younger group (median age 25) using a CV1 headset, via thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews and a modified version of the Game Experience Questionnaire, and discuss emergent themes such as the role of the presenter, reminiscence, presence and immersion.
doi:10.2312/egve.20171349 dblp:conf/egve/PassmoreTWPLMK17 fatcat:w6aqsbakafhu3mzlta6v3ivfye