Subtle Sensing: Detecting Differences in the Flexibility of Virtually Simulated Molecular Objects

Rhoslyn Roebuck Williams*, Xan Varcoe, Becca Rose Glowacki, Ella M Gale, Alexander D Jamieson-Binnie, David R Glowacki

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Abstract

During VR demos we have performed over last few years, many participants (in the absence of any haptic feedback) have commented on their perceived ability to 'feel' differences between simulated molecular objects. The mechanisms for such 'feeling' are not entirely clear: observing from outside VR, one can see that there is nothing physical for participants to 'feel'. Here we outline exploratory user studies designed to evaluate the extent to which participants can distinguish quantitative differences in the flexibility of VR-simulated molecular objects. The results suggest that an individual's capacity to detect differences in molecular flexibility is enhanced when they can interact with and manipulate the molecules, as opposed to merely observing the same interaction. Building on these results, we intend to carry out further studies investigating humans' ability to sense quantitative properties of VR simulations without haptic technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2020 Late-Breaking Work
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020
EventCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Honolulu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020
https://chi2020.acm.org/

Conference

ConferenceCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI EA '20
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu
Period25/04/2030/04/20
Internet address

Keywords

  • Molecular simulation
  • Virtual reality
  • Sensing

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