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Embodied information behavior, mixed reality and big data
Author(s): Ruth West; Max J. Parola; Amelia R. Jaycen; Christopher P. Lueg
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Paper Abstract

A renaissance in the development of virtual (VR), augmented (AR), and mixed reality (MR) technologies with a focus on consumer and industrial applications is underway. As data becomes ubiquitous in our lives, a need arises to revisit the role of our bodies, explicitly in relation to data or information. Our observation is that VR/AR/MR technology development is a vision of the future framed in terms of promissory narratives. These narratives develop alongside the underlying enabling technologies and create new use contexts for virtual experiences. It is a vision rooted in the combination of responsive, interactive, dynamic, sharable data streams, and augmentation of the physical senses for capabilities beyond those normally humanly possible. In parallel to the varied definitions of information and approaches to elucidating information behavior, a myriad of definitions and methods of measuring and understanding presence in virtual experiences exist. These and other ideas will be tested by designers, developers and technology adopters as the broader ecology of head-worn devices for virtual experiences evolves in order to reap the full potential and benefits of these emerging technologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2015
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9392, The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2015, 93920E (17 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2083519
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Ruth West, Univ. of North Texas (United States)
Max J. Parola, Univ. of North Texas (United States)
Amelia R. Jaycen, Univ. of North Texas (United States)
Christopher P. Lueg, Univ. of Tasmania (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9392:
The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2015
Margaret Dolinsky; Ian E. McDowall, Editor(s)

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