Assessment of wearable virtual reality technology for visiting World Heritage buildings

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Subtitle: An educational approach
Author list: Fonseca, D., Navarro, I., Renteria, I., Moreira, F., Ferrer, Á. & Reina, O.
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Journal of Educational Computing Research (0735-6331)
Volume number: 56
Issue number: 6
Start page: 940
End page: 973
Number of pages: 34
ISSN: 0735-6331
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


The main aim of this study is to assess the spatial perception of
historical world heritage buildings using wearable technologies in an
educational framework. The proposal seeks to complement the real
experience of visiting the Casa Batlló Museum, an emblematic space
(1904–1906, Antonio Gaudí, Barcelona). The main innovative feature of
the project is focused on the usability assessment of the video-guide
indoor location-based system. The article addresses the first phase of a
more complex project, analyzing the behavior of architecture students
previously trained in modeling of complex buildings, in order to improve
the system for a second phase that will be developed with students with
special needs. Using an indoor location system for watching multimedia
contents, we can improve the access, the visit, and the spatial
perception of historical places for all kinds of students, with or
without any special requirements. The results show a lack of usability
of the system, especially due to the design of the mobile interface and
to some loss of synchronization between the student position and the
multimedia contents. However, the students have a better understanding
of the museum’s characteristics because of multimedia content, as a
clear improvement compared with the classic audio-guide.


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