Virtual Kayaking: A Local Culture-Based Virtual Reality Paddling Experience

Kao Hua Liu, Tomoya Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kajihara, Atsushi Hiyama, Masahiko Inami, Chien Hsu Chen

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Abstract

An activity in a well-designed virtual environment can provide both a short-term emotional impression and an immersive experience related to personal and cultural experience. In this study, we dissect the “Coming-of-Sixteen” (COS) ritual, a local rite of passage that derives from the Tainan city of Taiwan, and meticulously select kayaking activity as the theme among other related activities. Next, we propose a virtual kayaking experience (VKE) system that includes the physical movement of users using virtual reality (VR) techniques. We adopt real scenes of tradition-based culture as the vision of VR to evoke the motivation of the elderly, and also engage bystanders in the experience through these familiar scenes. To evaluate the feasibility of applying the VKE system to the rehabilitation of elderly people, we conduct two formative user-studies. The results suggest that virtual reality technology provides an opportunity to leverage culturally relevant activities, which can enhance the engagement of the elderly rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Healthy and Active Aging - 6th International Conference, ITAP 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference, HCII 2020, Proceedings
EditorsQin Gao, Jia Zhou
PublisherSpringer
Pages630-642
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030502485
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event6th International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2020, held as part of the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2020 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 2020 Jul 192020 Jul 24

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12208 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2020, held as part of the 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCII 2020
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period20-07-1920-07-24

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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