Welcome to the TRAVERSE website Transcending Reality - Activating Virtual environment Response through sensory enrichment
The far reaching aim of this project is to provide the means for ‘transcending reality’: to use virtual reality to transcend the self, whereby participants in an immersive virtual reality (IVR) may have the strong illusion of transforming their bodies, and therefore have experiences in virtual reality that are not possible in physical reality.
The goal is to use IVR for something that is genuinely new and uniquely possible within such systems, beyond the normal representational approach to VR which attempts mainly to faithfully simulate reality. We use the term 'transcending reality' (TR) in two ways as a noun phrase and a verb phrase. A 'transcending reality' is one that replaces physical reality by a virtual reality, such that you respond to the virtual reality as if it were real. However, the process of 'transcending reality' is the idea of exploiting virtual reality as a medium in its own right that can take us beyond the boundaries of physical constraints that can provide and sustain illusions beyond the boundaries of physical reality (for example, in transforming your own body).
In such 'non realistic' virtual reality we nevertheless expect participants to respond to it as a TR, and also we expect that some of the methods used for the latter will also help realise the former in applications that are supposed to be simulations of reality. The overriding background objective of this research can therefore be stated as: maximise the probability that participants will act as if the IVR were real (TR).
Principle Investigator: Mel Slater
The Cave showing an application running where there is interaction with a virtual character. The image is double because the Cave displays in stereo.
Achieving embodiment (A) A participant wears a head-mounted display and a body suit for real time motion capture (B) He sees a virtual body replacing his own, both when he looks down at his body and as shown here in a virtual mirror in front. As he moves the virtual body moves synchronously and congruently.
Several people inside the Cave during the inauguration event of 25th November, 2011.