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Effect of VR technology matureness on VR sickness

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In this paper relationship of perceived virtual reality (VR) sickness phenomenon with different generations of virtual reality head mounted displays (VR HMD) is presented. Action content type omnidirectional video clip was watched by means of four HMDs of different levels of technological matureness, with a 2D monitor used as a reference point. In addition to subjective estimation of VR sickness effects by means of the SSQ questionnaire, psychophysiology of the participants was monitored. Participant’s electrodermal activity, heart rate, skin temperature and respiration rate were measured. Results of the study indicate differences between HMDs in both SSQ score and changes of physiology. Skin conductance was found to be significantly correlated with VR sickness. Mobile HMD did not induce significantly higher levels of VR sickness. Disorientation SSQ was proven to be a useful tool for assessing the VR sickness effects.

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We would like to thank all the participants for their time and effort.

The authors acknowledge the financial support from the Slovenian Research Agency (research core funding No. P2-0246).

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Geršak, G., Lu, H. & Guna, J. Effect of VR technology matureness on VR sickness. Multimed Tools Appl 79, 14491–14507 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11042-018-6969-2

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Keywords

  • Virtual reality
  • VR sickness
  • SSQ
  • Physiology
  • Psychophysiology