Collaborative Design in Immersive Virtual Environments

communicating embodied experiences in virtual design environments

In this project we explore the potentials immersive virtual environments in the context of collaborative spatial design. In order to understand how people communicate to each other and interact with the immersive interfaces we designed and implemented a prototype that allows users to collaboratively design a layout using Oculus Rift. We utilized hand tracking which allows users to use natural hand gestures to interact with the interfaces.We identify key aspects of interaction within immersive virtual environments through pilot studies and user tests in different contexts. Our design process yields to a variety of applications, focusing on the collaboration between a user and an expert, where expert can help the user to solve spatial design tasks and make decisions through a shared virtual environment. The example concept we introduce here is in the context of purchasing furnitures and placing them in a room layout with the help of a design expert.