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How ­sable Is VR?


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Evaluating virtual reality.

A researcher at the University of Gottingen in Germany has designed an automated process for evaluating the usability of virtual reality.

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Patrick Harms at the University of Gottingen in Germany has designed an automated process for evaluating the usability of virtual reality (VR).

Harms' process, which can detect many issues with user friendliness and usability in the virtual environment, begins by recording testers' individual activities and movement, producing "activity lists."

A program (MAUSI-VR) mines those lists for typical user behavioral patterns, then assesses this behavior as it relates to defined irregularities.

Said Harms, "This makes it possible...to determine how well users of a specific VR are guided by it and whether they usually have to perform ergonomically inconvenient procedures during its operation."

From University of Gottingen
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