Increasing Virtual Reality Immersion Through Smartwatch Lower Limb Motion Tracking

Alix Angarita, Alvaro Hernandez, Christopher Carmichael, Alvaro Uribe-Quevedo, Claudia Rueda, Sergio A. Salinas

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    Virtual reality locomotion has been a subject of study as it plays an important role that affects immersion and presence. Walking constitute a challenging interaction in virtual reality installments as it is a complex task to recreate. Some approaches have focused on input devices employing diverse technologies including robotics, omnidirectional treadmills, reorientation through tracking, and most recently, inertial measurement units, optical tracking, and low-friction surfaces. Amongst the various solutions, those targeting consumer-level VR products are gaining momentum as VR headsets become more affordable, creating the opportunity to mass impact content creation in entertainment, tourism, healthcare, training, education, and simulation applications employing VR. In this paper, we present the development of a lower limb virtual reality room-scale environment where users walk while using a Smartwatch as a tool to capture walking data without requiring external sensors or tracking systems. A preliminary study focused on a usability assessment to gather perceptions on the use of a smartwatch as a suitable tracking tool for VR installments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHCI International 2019 - Posters - 21st International Conference, HCII 2019, Proceedings
    EditorsConstantine Stephanidis
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9783030235277
    StatePublished - 2019
    Event21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2019 - Orlando, United States
    Duration: 26 Jul 201931 Jul 2019

    Publication series

    NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
    ISSN (Print)1865-0929
    ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


    Conference21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited States

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    Acknowledgements. The financial support of the Emerging Leaders in the Americas

    Publisher Copyright:
    © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019.


    • Gait tracking
    • Smartwatch
    • Usability evaluation
    • Virtual reality


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