Project

Deep Reality: An underwater VR experience to promote relaxation by unconscious HR, EDA and brain activity biofeedback

Judith Amores, Anna Fuste

We present an interactive virtual reality (VR) experience that uses biometric information for reflection and relaxation. We monitor in real-time brain activity using a modified version of the Muse EEG and track heart rate (HR) and electro dermal activity (EDA) using an Empatica E4 wristband. We use this data to procedurally generate 3D creatures and change the lighting of the environment to reflect the internal state of the viewer in a set of visuals depicting an underwater audiovisual composition. These 3D creatures are created to unconsciously influence the body signals of the observer via subtle pulses of light, movement and sound. We aim to decrease heart rate and respiration by subtle, almost imperceptible light flickering, sound pulsations and slow movements of these creatures to increase relaxation.

We present an interactive virtual reality (VR) experience that uses biometric information for reflection and relaxation. We monitor in real-time brain activity using a modified version of the Muse EEG and track heart rate (HR) and electro dermal activity (EDA) using an Empatica E4 wristband. We use this data to procedurally generate 3D creatures and change the lighting of the environment to reflect the internal state of the viewer in a set of visuals depicting an underwater audiovisual composition. These 3D creatures are created to unconsciously influence the body signals of the observer via subtle pulses of light, movement and sound. We aim to decrease heart rate and respiration by subtle, almost imperceptible light flickering, sound pulsations and slow movements of these creatures to increase relaxation.

Publications

CHI 2019
Amores, J., Fuste, A., Richer, R., & Maes, P. (2019, May). Deep Reality: Towards Increasing Relaxation in VR with subtly changing light, sound and movement based on HR, EDA, and EEG. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems . ACM.

SIGGRAPH 2019 Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality
Judith Amores, Anna Fuste, Robert Richer and Pattie Maes. 2019. Deep Reality: An Underwater VR experience to promote relaxation by unconscious HR, EDA and brain activity biofeedback. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2019 Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality (SIGGRAPH '19). ACM, Los Angeles, CA, USA, ACM 978-1-4503-6320-4/19/07. 10.1145/3306449.3328818