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Synthetic environments as visualization method for product design
Author(s): Frank Meijer; Egon L. van den Broek; Theo E. Schouten; Roy G. J. Damgrave; Huib de Ridder
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we explored the use of low fidelity Synthetic Environments (SE; i.e., a combination of simulation techniques) for product design. We explored the usefulness of low fidelity SE to make design problems explicit. In particular, we were interested in the influence of interactivity on user experience. For this purpose, an industrial design case was taken: the innovation of an airplane galley. A virtual airplane was created in which an interactive model of the galley was placed. First, three groups of participants explored the SE in different conditions: Participants explored the SE interactively (Interactive condition), watched a recording (Passive Dynamic condition), or watched static images (Passive Static condition). Afterwards, participants were tested in a questionnaire on how accurately they had memorized the spatial layout of the SE. The results revealed that interactive SE does not necessarily provoke participants to memorize spatial layouts more accurately. However, the effect of interactive learning is dependent on the participants' Visual Spatial Ability (VSA). Consequently, this finding supports use of interactive exploration of prototypes through low fidelity SE for the product design cycle when taking the individual's characteristics into account.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7527, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XV, 752712 (17 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.843691
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Frank Meijer, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Egon L. van den Broek, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Human-Centered Computing Consultancy (Austria)
Radboud Univ. Medical Ctr. Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Theo E. Schouten, Radboud Univ. Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Roy G. J. Damgrave, Univ. of Twente (Netherlands)
Huib de Ridder, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7527:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XV
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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