Title page for ETD etd-11082006-133635
|Type of Document
||Lindsey, Patricia F.
||A comparison of spatial interpretations of NASA's payload operations control center, Marshall Space Flight Center, using real world and virtual reality observations
||Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management
|McLain-Kark, Joan H.
|Bowker, Jeanette E.
|Jones, Dennis B.
|Lichtman, Marilyn V.
|Parrott, Kathleen R.
- behavioral environments
- virtual reality
- computer graphics
- environmental simulation
|Date of Defense
Virtual reality (VR) is the latest technique to be used in the ongoing
search for experiential simulation methods for evaluation of environmental
designs. The purpose of the study was to investigate the potential for using VR
to evaluate interior environments. The objective was to investigate whether
observation of a VR simulation provides the same information as observation of
the existing environment. A sample of 24 NASA engineers and university faculty
members observed the Payload Operations Control Center (POCC) at NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Comparisons were made
of observations of the actual POCC, a VR simulation, and a second VR
simulation that was altered to test for ability to recognize changes. Participants
evaluated the POCC for differences in general characteristics, object visibility,
distance perception, ability to reach an object, and ability to share objects and
conversation. Comparisons were analyzed using the Wilcoxon Signed Ranks
Test, and I tests. Findings revealed few differences among the real and the VR
worlds. Changes to the virtual world were generally recognized.
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