Improving Urban Design with Virtual Reality

October 28, 2014

Researchers at ETH University Zurich, one of the top research institutions in the world, are using a custom 3D projection WorldViz CornerCavern Virtual Reality system to investigate the relationship between stress and urban navigation. The researchers employ the WorldViz Vizard VR Software Toolkit‘s rich hardware connectivity capabilities to connect bio-metric sensors from BIOPAC and eye-tracking technology with their virtual simulations in order to study links between virtual stimuli (in this case an urban navigation tasks), stress levels, and eye movement.

The CornerCavern immerses study participants in a virtual environment that is designed and rendered using Vizard, WorldViz’s Virtual Reality Software Toolkit. Vizard 5’s graphical user interface (GUI) for connecting hardware and assign their parametric influence on the virtual environment, called Vizconnect, greatly simplifies the process of integrating the growing number of VR input and output devices. It enables the researchers to implement all necessary devices into one seamless application so that they can focus on what matters – data collection and analysis. To learn more about the research currently being done at ETH Zurich using the CornerCavern system, check out the more extensive case study page.