Increasing Presence in Virtual Reality with a Vibrotactile Grid Around the Head

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10516)


A high level of presence is an important aspect of immersive virtual reality applications. However, presence is difficult to achieve as it depends on the individual user, immersion capabilities of the system (visual, auditory, and tactile) and the concrete application. We use a vibrotactile grid around the head in order to further increase the level of presence users feel in virtual reality scenes. In a between-groups comparison study the vibrotactile group scored significantly higher in a standardized presence questionnaire compared to the baseline of no tactile feedback. This suggests the proposed prototype as an additional tool to increase the level of presence users feel in virtual reality scenes.


Vibrotactile feedback Virtual reality Immersion Presence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of HannoverHannoverGermany

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