A Pilot Study Comparing Two Naturalistic Gesture-Based Interaction Interfaces to Support VR-Based Public Health Laboratory Training

Voge, J., Flowers, B., Herrera, N., Duggan D., and Wollocko, A.

2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops (VRW), Atlanta, GA (March 2020)

Training opportunities for public health laboratories (PHLs) are limited, and traditional wet laboratory training is expensive and potentially hazardous. Virtual reality presents a promising complement to existing training and provides the opportunity for hands-on experience. To develop an interaction library tailored to PHLs, we deconstructed biosafety training procedures into tasks and corresponding physical interactions. Leveraging our open source VIRTUOSO software developer kit (VSDK), we mapped the interaction library to interaction interfaces on two VR systems. In a pilot study, we compared the user experience of these two interaction interfaces. Users completed a simulated biosafety spill procedure and provided feedback about their experience and preferences.

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