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The More, the Better? Improving VR Firefighting Training System with Realistic Firefighter Tools as Controllers

Title
The More, the Better? Improving VR Firefighting Training System with Realistic Firefighter Tools as Controllers
Author
한경식
Keywords
virtual reality; firefighting training system; VR control modality; user experience; presence; cognitive load
Issue Date
2021-11
Publisher
MDPI
Citation
SENSORS, v. 21, NO. 21, article no. 7193, Page. 1-17
Abstract
A virtual reality (VR) controller plays a key role in supporting interactions between users and the virtual environment. This paper investigates the relationship between the user experience and VR control device modality. We developed a VR firefighting training system integrated with four control devices adapted from real firefighting tools. We iteratively improved the controllers and VR system through a pilot study with six participants and conducted a user study with 30 participants to assess two salient human factor constructs-perceived presence and cognitive load-with three device modality conditions (two standard VR controllers, four real tools, and a hybrid of one real tool and one standard VR controller). We found that having more realistic devices that simulate real tools does not necessarily guarantee a higher level of user experience, highlighting a strategic approach to the development and utilization of VR control devices. Our study gives empirical insights on establishing appropriate combinations of VR control device modality in the context of field-based VR simulation and training.
URI
https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/21/21/7193https://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/176909
ISSN
1424-8220;1424-3210
DOI
10.3390/s21217193
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