• A technical account behind the development of a reproducible low-cost immersive space to conduct applied user testing

Baldwin, Joseph, Gilmour, Alice, Loudon, Gareth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5218-8453 and Gill, Steve, 2022, Journal Article, A technical account behind the development of a reproducible low-cost immersive space to conduct applied user testing Journal of Design Thinking, 3 (2). pp. 1-27. ISSN 2717-1183

Abstract or Description:

Both laboratory and field experiments are flawed in their appropriateness for Human-centered design (HCD) user testing. Simulated Task Environments (STEs) offer a viable alternative, enabling researchers to recreate realistic conditions and immersive environments whilst controlling variables under laboratory conditions. This paper details the design process and technicalities used by a multi-disciplinary HCD research team to develop a reproducible low-cost immersive STE called the Perceptual Experience Laboratory (PEL). The research and development of the PEL in its three distinct stages is outlined to share the lessons learnt for the benefit of researchers and practitioners. In its current form, cylindrical media is surface-mapped on a bespoke 2m-high, 200° video wall to deliver seamless 12K enhanced field-of-view content around the user to visually recreate environments not normally accessible to researchers. The staging area can be configured with props and multisensory cues, simulating an in-context approach for HCD product testing. Additionally, immersive and realistic soundscapes are created via a 20.4 audio system equipped with spatial panners which provide directional sound. A growing number of commercial and academic research projects have been delivered using the PEL with research validating the user testing environment and its ongoing success attracting research and enterprise capital investments to advance immersive capabilities.

CollaboratorSutherland, Martin
CollaboratorLloyd, David
Official URL: https://jdt.ut.ac.ir/article_93939.html
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: Cardiff School of Art & Design: Research & Innovation Capital Investment. ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre: CONTRACT FOR Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Food Capital Investment Lot 3, CONTRACT NUMBER C174/2019/2020I
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.22059/JDT.2023.362877.1098
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2023 16:53
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2024 12:50
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/5562
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