Effect of Environment Size on Spatial Perception in Virtual Reality

Morten Trier Bach, Poul Anker Jensen, Andrei-Iuliu Lucaci, Damian Grzegorz Pupczyk, Claus Brøndgaard Madsen

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Abstract

A trend of distance underestimations in Virtual Reality (VR) is well documented, but the reason still remains unclear. Therefore, this paper investigates the effect of differently sized Virtual Environments (VEs) on egocentric distance perception in VR as a potential influence. Verbal assessment, blind walking, and our own proposed method: walk and assess, were compared in an experiment, and blind walking was found to be the most accurate. A virtual replica of a real-life location was created as a transitional environment, while small (15m2), medium (35m2) and large (95m2) rooms were created to investigate the effect of VE size on spatial perception in VR. To establish the differences in estimations between the real world and VR when using blind walking, a study was conducted with the virtual replica and its real life counterpart at distances between 1 and 10 meters. Following this, the three distinct room sizes were used in an experiment to investigate the effect of the size of rooms on spatial perception in VR. The findings showed consistent underestimates of distances, and a trend for underestimation to grow as the distance grows was observed. Similarly, underestimates grew with the size of the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Conference on Computer-Human Interaction and Applications, CHIRA 2022
PublisherSCITEPRESS Digital Library
Publication date27 Oct 2022
Pages97-104
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-758-609-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2022
EventInternational Conference on Computer-Human Interaction Research and Applications - Valetta, Malta
Duration: 27 Oct 202229 Oct 2022
Conference number: 6th
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Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Computer-Human Interaction Research and Applications
Number6th
Country/TerritoryMalta
CityValetta
Period27/10/202229/10/2022
Internet address
SeriesInternational Conference on Computer-Human Interaction Research and Applications
ISSN2184-3244

Keywords

  • Virtual Reality (VR)

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