BurnAR: involuntary Heat Sensations in Augmented Reality

Weir, Peter, Sandor, Christian, Swoboda, Matt, Nguyen, Thanh, Eck, Ulrich , Reitmayr, Gerhard, and Dey, Arindam (2013) BurnAR: involuntary Heat Sensations in Augmented Reality. In: Proceedings of the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference 2013. pp. 43-46. From: Proceedings of the IEEE Virtual Reality Conference 2013, 16-20 March 2013, Orlando, Florida, USA.

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Augmented Reality systems that run interactively and in real time, using high quality graphical displays and sensational cues, can create the illusion of virtual objects appearing to be real.

This paper presents the design, implementation, and evaluation of BurnAR, a novel demonstration which enables users to experience the illusion of seeing their own hands burning, which we achieve by overlaying virtual flames and smoke on their hands.

Surprisingly, some users reported an involuntary warming sensation of their hands. Based on these comments, we hypothesized that stimulation of multiple sensory modalities presented in this AR environment can induce an involuntary experience in an additional sensory pathway: observation of virtual flames resulting in a heat sensation. This cross-modal transfer, known as virtual synesthesia, is a temporary experience which affects some people who are not synesthetes and only lasts for a short time during the illusory experience.

To verify our hypothesis, we conducted an exploratory study where participants experienced the BurnAR emonstration under controlled conditions.

Item ID: 28248
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-1-4673-4796-9
ISSN: 1087-8270
Keywords: information interfaces; multimedia information systems; virtual realities; augmented realities
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2013 23:49
FoR Codes: 08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080111 Virtual Reality and Related Simulation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8999 Other Information and Communication Services > 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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