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Title:Defining virtual reality: Insights from research and practice
Author(s):Maravilla, Morelia Malina; Cisneros, Angela; Stoddard, Alvorado; Scretching, Desiree DeAndrea; Murray, Brian Kyle; Redmiles, Elissa
Virtual reality
Abstract:Virtual reality (VR) technology is an increasing portion of the consumer technology market. As such, VR is a fruitful area for the focus of information science research. Researchers have begun to explore running simulated laboratory experiments in VR, using VR to treat medical conditions, and are studying the security and privacy risks of this uprising technology. Prior work has typically considered “virtual reality'' to be any experiences that are created by a tool, marketed as a VR product. However, such product-driven definitions of virtual reality may limit our ability to study and innovate within this field. As such, in this poster we present a work-in-progress study in which we extract information regarding the advancement of goals for VR, components of virtual experiences, and definitions of VR obtained from a body of academic literature and marketing materials for VR products from the 1960s through today. We use an affinity diagramming analysis to distill a comprehensive set of definitions for VR from this data. In future work, we will collect users' definitions of VR to further empirically inform our understanding of what makes up a VR. Such an understanding can serve as the foundation for future research and innovations in VR.
Issue Date:2019-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2019 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Morelia Malina Maravilla, Angela Cisneros, Alvorado Stoddard, Desiree DeAndrea Scretching, Brian Kyle Murray, and Elissa Redmiles
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-03-22

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