Schmid, Richard Supervisor: Prof. Gudrun Klinker Advisor: Eichhorn, Christian (@ga73wuj) Submission Date: [created]
With Virtual Reality (VR) technology slowly being integrated into medical, specifically geriatric care, a need for more immersion and a higher sense of realism in VR applications arises. This thesis proposes an augmentation system using multisensorial stimulation through haptic, olfactory, and warmth components. The project focuses on safety and usability, offering a concise, aesthetically pleasing user interface and a modular, easily transportable hardware component. An initial evaluation of the proposed system suggests a positive impact on immersion for VR travel applications, highlighting potential use in senior care. Possible improvements entail integrating the system into "GeoTravel", a project used as the basis for the scope of the thesis. Future work could focus on enhancing the multisensorial augmentation through a cooling component and extending the depth of the software solution.
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