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The impact of interactive manipulation on the recognition of objects
Author(s): Frank Meijer; Egon L. van den Broek; Theo Schouten
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Paper Abstract

A new application for VR has emerged: product development, in which several stakeholders (from engineers to end users) use the same VR for development and communicate purposes. Various characteristics among these stakeholders vary considerably, which imposes potential constraints to the VR. The current paper discusses the influence of three types of exploration of objects (i.e., none, passive, active) on one of these characteristics: the ability to form mental representations or visuo-spatial ability (VSA). Through an experiment we found that all users benefit from exploring objects. Moreover, people with low VSA (e.g., end users) benefit from an interactive exploration of objects opposed to people with a medium or high VSA (e.g. engineers), who are not sensitive for the type of exploration. Hence, for VR environments in which multiple stakeholders participate (e.g. for product development), differences among their cognitive abilities (e.g., VSA) have to be taken into account to enable an efficient usage of VR.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6806, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIII, 68060H (13 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.766337
Show Author Affiliations
Frank Meijer, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Egon L. van den Broek, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Theo Schouten, Radboud Univ. Nijmegen (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6806:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIII
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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