Joshua Neuwirth

Student Assistant

Joshua Neuwirth

SM 201


  • Faltaous, Sarah; Neuwirth, Joshua; Gruenefeld, Uwe; Schneegass, Stefan: SaVR: Increasing Safety in Virtual Reality Environments via Electrical Muscle Stimulation. In: 19th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM). Association for Computing Machinery, Essen, Germany 2020, p. 254-258. doi:10.1145/3428361.3428389CitationDetails

    One of the main benefits of interactive Virtual Reality (VR) applications is that they provide a high sense of immersion. As a result, users lose their sense of real-world space which makes them vulnerable to collisions with real-world objects. In this work, we propose a novel approach to prevent such collisions using Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS). EMS actively prevents the movement that would result in a collision by actuating the antagonist muscle. We report on a user study comparing our approach to the commonly used feedback modalities: audio, visual, and vibro-tactile. Our results show that EMS is a promising modality for restraining user movement and, at the same time, rated best in terms of user experience.