Comparing Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality

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has title::Comparing Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality
status: ongoing
Master: project within::Human Ambience
Student name: student name::Annigje van der Wel
Start start date:=1-2-2017
End end date:=30-6-2017
Supervisor: Stefan Schlobach
Second supervisor: Miltos Nedelkos
Company: has company::CGI
Thesis: has thesis::Media:Thesis.pdf
Poster: has poster::Media:Posternaam.pdf

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The purpose of this project is to test the difference between a Mixed Reality and a Virtual Reality device through the development and testing of an application.

Mixed Reality (MR) is an upcoming technology, of which Microsoft's HoloLens forms the most recent product. It creates an overlay of holographic images in the user's actual environment, allowing for several forms of user input. The concept of Virtual Reality (VR) has existed for a longer period of time, and has gone through a more extensive development. However, the HoloLens can offer a user experience that is distinctly different from one garnered through a VR application. As both technologies have their strengths and weaknesses, the purpose of this study is to determine for a specific application which of the two technologies, MR or VR, is more suitable. This leads to the following research question: "When presenting a virtual tour, is Virtual Reality or Mixed Reality a more suitable technology?"

Using Unity, an application will be built for HoloLens and for the HTC Vive, revolving around the same subject: the Maeslantkering, a data-driven storm surge barrier that is part of the Delta Works. The applications will be tested using biometrics, as well as questionnaires to determine the subjective experience and the knowledge transfer and retention. In total, thirty subjects participated in the experiment.