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SpiderClip: Towards an Open Source System for Wearable Device Simulation in Virtual Reality

2022-05-03 @ 10:15 11:00 UTC -05:00

Smartwatches and fitness trackers integrate different sensors from inertial measurement units to heart rate sensors in a very compact and affordable form factor. This makes them interesting and relevant research tools. One potential application domain is virtual reality, e.g., for health related applications such as exergames or simulation approaches. However, commercial devices complicate and limit the collection of raw and real-time data, suffer from privacy issues and are not tailored to using them with VR tracking systems. We address these issues with an open source design to facilitate the construction of VR-enabled wearables for conducting scientific experiments. Our work is motivated by research in mixed realities in pervasive computing environments. We introduce our system and present a proof-of-concept study with 17 participants. Our results show that the wearable reliably measures high-quality data comparable to commercially available fitness trackers and that it does not impede movements or interfere with VR tracking.


10:15 – 11:00 UTC -05:00
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Dirk Queck (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern TUK), Iannis Albert (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern TUK), Philipp Zimmer (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern TUK), Georg Volkmar (Digital Media Lab, University of Bremen), Bastian Dänekas (Digital Media Lab, University of Bremen), Rainer Malaka (Digital Media Lab, University of Bremen), Marc Herrlich (Technische Universität Kaiserslautern TUK)

Room: Exhibit Hall J