New open-access XR4ED publication

This study investigated a new way of navigating and interacting in virtual reality (VR), the extended funneling technique. Normally, VR users have a limited space to move their virtual hands, controlled by a device. The researchers investigated whether expanding this space, using 2 extra locations, could improve users’ ability to locate objects in VR.

The results showed that the experimental group, using the extended funneling technique, was significantly better at accurately locating audio and touch stimuli compared to the control group, with no significant differences in how immersed or how much effort participants felt in both groups.

Apostolou K, Škola F, Liarokapis F. Enhancing Localization Performance with Extended Funneling Vibrotactile Feedback. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction. 2023; 7(12):114. https://doi.org/10.3390/mti7120114