Sub Project B is currently involved in the second case study. Recently the results of the VR exploration workshop have been processed. The storyboards created in the workshop are used to create VR application concepts specifically designed for the company. These applications were presented to and discussed with company representatives in a meeting in December 2011.
A thorough analysis of the individual storyboards provided the researcher with insights in lower-level requirements and ideas for VR applications. Rather than following the group storyboards, which turned out to be too generic/abstract to derrive applications from, the researcher introduced three recurring themes that were found in the storyboards:
- Use VR to increase user involvement
- Use VR to facilitate interdisciplinary design meetings
- Providing a virtual evaluation platform for HMI concepts
Note: For confidentiality reasons the themes are not described in full detail.
The themes provide the basis for specific VR Applications. The three applications were introduced one by one, by showing a short introduction, an application outline (in terms of required steps, tools and activities and a short demonstration movie).
Discussion & Selection
After introducing and discussing the three application directions, the meeting continued with selecting one direction for further use in the case study of sub project B. The first two directions were found to be interesting; they provide a good combination of new knowledge and the potential re-use of existing infrastructure available within the company. After reviewing the two directions from a research as well as an industrial point of view, it was decided to focus on the first application direction, namely to use VR to improve user involvement.
This direction uses VR to virtually represent end-users in the design process, by-passing some of the drawbacks of user involvement (e.g. time constraints, confidentiality, etc.) that are currently keeping the company from actively involving end-users. For now, the concept is called ‘Virtual Persona’ and will be further developed in the case study.