Long paper accepted at ICAT-EGVE 2015
New HCI Group Publication accepted at the ICAT-EGVE 2015. ICAT-EGVE is the merger of the 25th International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence (ICAT 2015) and the 20th Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments (EGVE 2015). Important aspects of the published work are a result of the bachelor thesis of Johanna Latt, congratulations.
Lugrin, J.-L., Latt, J. & Latoschik, M. E. (2015). Anthropomorphism and Illusion of Virtual Body Ownership. In International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments .
- Abstract: In this paper we present a novel experiment to explore the impact of avatar realism on the illusion of virtual body ownership (IVBO) in immersive virtual environments, with full-body avatar embodiment and freedom of movement. We evaluated four distinct avatars presenting an increasing level of anthropomorphism in their detailed compositions. Our results revealed that each avatar elicited a relatively high level of illusion. However both machine-like and cartoon-like avatars elicited an equivalent IVBO, slightly superior to the human-ones. A realistic human appearance is therefore not a critical top-down factor of IVBO, and could lead to an Uncanny Valley effect.