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Barhoush, Y., Nanjappan, V., Thiel, F., Georgiev, G., Swapp, D., & Loudon, B. (2021). A NOVEL EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN OF A REAL-TIME VR TRACKING DEVICE. Proceedings of the Design Society, 1, 171-180. doi:10.1017/pds.2021.18

A novel experimental design of a real-time VR tracking device

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Author: Barhoush, Yazan A. M.1; Nanjappan, Vijayakumar1; Thiel, Felix2;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
2University College London, UK
3Loud1Design Ltd., Glasgow, UK
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Cambridge University Press, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-03-25


Virtual Reality (VR) is progressively adopted at different stages of design and product development. Consequently, evolving interaction requirements in engineering design and development for VR are essential for technology adoption. One of these requirements is real-time positional tracking. This paper aims to present an experimental design of a new real-time positional tracking device (tracker), that is more compact than the existing solution, while addressing factors such as wearability and connectivity. We compare the simulation of the proposed device and the existing solution, discuss the results, and the limitations. The new experimental shape of the device is tailored towards research, allowing the engineering designer to take advantage of a new tracker alternative in new ways, and opens the door to new VR applications in research and product development.

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Series: Proceedings of the Design Society
ISSN: 2732-527X
ISSN-E: 2732-527X
ISSN-L: 2732-527X
Pages: 171 - 180
DOI: 10.1017/pds.2021.18
Host publication: Proceedings of the Design Society, 23rd International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2021, 16th - 20th August 2021, Gothenburg, Sweden
Conference: International Conference on Engineering Design
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 856998. This research has been also partially financially supported by Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927) and the Nokia Foundation 2020 Scholarship (grant 20200091).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is unaltered and is properly cited. The written permission of Cambridge University Press must be obtained for commercial re-use or in order to create a derivative work.