Information for Participants in the Effectiveness of Virtual Reality Study

This study has been approved by the UCL Research Eth­ics Com­mit­tee (Pro­ject ID Num­ber 0439/002).

The study is dir­ec­ted by Prof. Anthony Steed, Depart­ment of Com­puter Sci­ence, Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don, Gower Street, Lon­don WC1E 6BT

Details of Study

The pur­pose of the study is to invest­ig­ate the effect­ive­ness of cur­rent vir­tu­al real­ity sys­tems.

The study is for people who own or have access to a Sam­sung Gear VR head-moun­ted dis­play or a Google Card­board device with a suit­able phone.

You will put on the head-moun­ted dis­play. Head­phones are advised. The whole exper­i­ence should take about 5 minutes.

Procedure

Inside the vir­tu­al real­ity applic­a­tion there will be voice instruc­tions. If you need to respond to a ques­tion, the way to do this is to look at one of the pos­sible answers; keep­ing your gaze on an object for 2 seconds trig­gers a click.

The first ques­tion will be wheth­er you are an adult and wheth­er you con­sent to data col­lec­tion. You do not need to con­sent to data col­lec­tion. If you do not you will be asked some ques­tions any­way to con­fig­ure the envir­on­ment and this data will not be recor­ded after the exper­i­ence. If you have con­sen­ted to data col­lec­tion we will record your answers to this ques­tion.

You will then do the main task. This will involve mov­ing through a series of rooms. Fur­ther voice instruc­tions will be giv­en.

After the main task is com­plete, if you have con­sen­ted to data col­lec­tion, some more ques­tions will be asked.

After this, a short screen will show you some inform­a­tion about what you did, and if you con­sen­ted to data col­lec­tion, this data will be uploaded to a secure serv­er.

Removal of Data

You have a right to remove data, but because we do not know the iden­tity of any par­ti­cipant, the way that this will need to be done is to remove all the data recor­ded by a spe­cif­ic device. Please email the team at vr-experiment@cs.ucl.ac.uk, who will provide instruc­tions. You will need to have the device that was being used.  See the Data Dele­tion page for fur­ther details.

Note

By tak­ing part in this exper­i­ment you are help­ing us to under­stand what aspects of vir­tu­al real­ity are import­ant to the users. You are under no oblig­a­tion to assist in this study, and if you want to stop at any point, please do so. No data is sent from the device until the exper­i­ment is com­pleted.

Pro­longed use of a head-moun­ted dis­play may cause eye­strain. This exper­i­ment is short and thus there should be no effects. Please refer to the doc­u­ment­a­tion with the Gear­VR or Google Card­board for oth­er advice about usage of the equip­ment.

All data will be col­lec­ted and stored in accord­ance with the United Kingdom’s Data Pro­tec­tion Act 1998. The source data will not be pub­lic­ally shared.

This is an on-going study. Please do not dis­cuss the study with oth­ers who might take part. Please see our web page for dis­cus­sion about the res­ults, and a debrief­ing.

Please pro­ceed to the Con­sent Form instruc­tions.