Evaluating Virtual Embodiment with the
ALEx Exoskeleton

Ruffaldi Emanuele, Barsotti Michele, Leonardis Daniele,
Bassani Giulia, Frisoli Antonio & Bergamasco Massimo
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna SSSA

EuroHaptics 2014

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Abstract

The assessment of virtual embodiment has focused primarily on experimental paradigms based on multisensory congruent cues, such as auditory, tactile, visual and motor, mainly due to the technological limitations of haptic feedback. In this work virtual embodiment in an avatar is assessed by means of a new lightweight exoskeleton (ALEx) with a focus on the perception of danger and aggressive behavior. In particular an experiment has been designed assessing the effectiveness of haptic feedback while interacting with an opponent avatar. Experiments are evaluated based on physiological measures and questionnaires.

Citation

Ruffaldi Emanuele, Barsotti Michele, Leonardis Daniele, Bassani Giulia, Frisoli Antonio & Bergamasco Massimo (2014). Evaluating Virtual Embodiment with the ALEx Exoskeleton. In Haptics: Neuroscience, Devices, Modeling, and Applications (EuroHaptics 2014) (pp. 133-140).. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-44193-0_18 isbn:978-3-662-44192-3

@inproceedings{ruffaldiEH14,
author = {Ruffaldi, Emanuele and Barsotti, Michele and Leonardis, Daniele and Bassani, Giulia and Frisoli, Antonio and Bergamasco, Massimo},
booktitle = {Haptics: Neuroscience, Devices, Modeling, and Applications (EuroHaptics 2014)},
doi = {10.1007/978-3-662-44193-0_18},
editor = {Auvray, Malika and Duriez, Christian},
isbn = {978-3-662-44192-3},
pages = {133-140},
publisher = {Springer Berlin Heidelberg},
series = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
title = {Evaluating Virtual Embodiment with the ALEx Exoskeleton},
year = {2014}
}

Technologies

  • Hardware: SSSA Alex exoskeleton, Oculus Rift DK1, Physiological Sensors
  • Software: custom control software, 3D engine, experimental software

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Acknowledgments

This activity has been funded by EU Commission in the FP7 VERE Project