PC builder hero: An immersive computer building workshop experience in virtual reality

David Slovikosky, Danielle Sanchez, Jonathon Davis, Lila Bozgeyikli

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe PC Builder Hero, an immersive virtual reality (VR) game, which takes the user through building a custom personal computer (PC) from scratch. The main motivation is to raise awareness and inspire curiosity about the inner components and working mechanisms of computers in a safe environment where mistakes aren’t costly. We aim to teach users how to build a PC experientially with a hands-on game, leveraging the immersiveness of VR. The user picks virtual computer components and monitors the price of the built computer and the accumulated static over time. The user’s goal is to find a balance between the specifications of the components and the overall price, while complying with the proper handling procedures of building a PC. This paper includes the design and implementation details of the high-fidelity prototype along with the results and implications of an informal early testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDIS 2019 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages283-288
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450362702
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 18 2019
Event2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2019Jun 28 2019

Publication series

NameDIS 2019 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference

Conference

Conference2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period6/23/196/28/19

Keywords

  • PC building
  • Virtual reality
  • Vocational training games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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