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Enhancing virtual walking sensation for seated observer using walking avatars

21 Apr 2021


Embodiment of a full-body or hands-and-feet avatar with rhythmic foot vibration induces illusory walking sensation without actual limb movement

Researchers at the Toyohashi University of Technology and the University of Tokyo have developed a virtual walking system for seated observers and have revealed that walking self-avatars improve the illusory walking sensation by integrating foot-vibration simulating footsteps. The walking-avatar is presented in the first-person and mirrored perspectives, to induce a sense of body ownership. This system provides a virtual walking experience to people with walking disabilities.

Full text: Enhancing virtual walking sensation for seated observer using walking avatars
TUT website: Press release

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