Virtual reality interaction techniques for individuals with autism spectrum disorder: Design considerations and preliminary results

Evren Bozgeyikli, Lal Bozgeyikli, Andrew Raij, Srinivas Katkoori, Redwan Alqasemi, Rajiv Dubey

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10 Scopus citations

Abstract

Virtual reality systems are seeing growing use for training individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Although the tested systems indicate effective use of virtual reality for training, there is little work in the literature evaluating different virtual reality interaction techniques for this specific group of audience. Individuals with ASD are stated to have different characteristics and perceptions. This requires careful exploration of good design principles in interaction. This paper presents design and preliminary evaluation of interaction techniques for individuals with ASD to be used in a highly immersive virtual reality vocational training system VR4VR [1]. The system includes motion tracking cameras, a head mounted display, real time tracked objects, and several interaction tools such as haptic device and touchscreen. In this system, tangible object manipulation, haptic device interaction, touch and snap technique and touchscreen interaction were implemented for object selection and manipulation; real walking and walk in place techniques were implemented for locomotion. A user study was performed with five individuals with ASD who had no prior VR experience. The preliminary testing results and observations that show the preference of the users with ASD on the implemented interaction techniques are shared in this paper with the aim of contributing to the future studies that utilize VR for individuals with ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationInteraction Platforms and Techniques - 18th International Conference, HCI International 2016, Proceedings
EditorsMasaaki Kurosu
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages127-137
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319395159
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Jul 17 2016Jul 22 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9732
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto
Period7/17/167/22/16

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Interaction techniques
  • Virtual reality
  • Vocational rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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