Smart Prototyping - Improving the Evaluation of Design Concepts Using Virtual Reality

  • Mathias MüllerEmail author
  • Tobias Günther
  • Dietrich Kammer
  • Jan Wojdziak
  • Sebastian Lorenz
  • Rainer Groh
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9740)


The evaluation of innovative user interface concepts using virtual reality technology faces many challenges. In this paper, we discuss current limitations regarding the integration of virtual reality in a participatory design process. Furthermore, we propose guidelines including visualization and interaction techniques that address aspects such as presence and awareness in virtual worlds. We introduce agricultural machinery and automotive industry as application scenarios for virtual reality prototyping. In order to ascertain the feasibility of the proposed techniques, we present prototypical implementations. Our experience report concludes with implementation issues of current frameworks and open research questions.


Virtual reality Virtual prototyping Interface design Product design Participatory design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mathias Müller
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tobias Günther
    • 1
  • Dietrich Kammer
    • 1
  • Jan Wojdziak
    • 1
  • Sebastian Lorenz
    • 2
  • Rainer Groh
    • 1
  1. 1.Chair of Media DesignTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Center for Industrial DesignTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany

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