Skiing in a blended virtuality: an in-the-wild experiment

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n this paper we describe a concept of using a Head Mounted Display (HMD) whilst downhill skiing and snowboarding, and experimenting with it in-the-wild on a skiing slope. The wearer experiences an alternative Virtual Reality (VR) visually through the HMD whilst their other sensory inputs experience the full sensation of real-world skiing, creating a blended virtual/real experience. To enable accurate tracking of the wearer's motion, we implemented a 'snow mouse' device, which rotates on the snow as the skier moves and enables dead-reckoning of the user's position. The prototype device was evaluated in-the-wild, on downhill ski slopes by both a skier and a snowboarder. Initial feedback suggests the level of immersion achieved is high, and particularly, users noticed the non-visual aspects of the experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademicMindTrek '15
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Academic Mindtrek Conference
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-3948-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAcademic Mindtrek Conference 2015 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 22 Sep 201524 Sep 2015


ConferenceAcademic Mindtrek Conference 2015

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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