Students in the Human Performance Modeling Course at Rensselaer Augmented and Virtual Environment (RAVE) taught by Dr. Nima Ahmadi recently delved into the realms of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and cutting-edge wearables. Their objective: get familiar with EmbracePlus, Tobii Pro Glasses 2, and the immersive VR and AR experiences provided by the HTC Vive Pro 2. This hands-on experience went beyond technology, incorporating experiment design, statistical analysis, and data collection artistry.
Chapter One: "VR-Induced Stress Measurement with EmbracePlus"
In Chapter One, student groups ventured into challenging VR scenarios, including the thrilling Richie's Plank experience with the HTC Vive Pro 2. Their mission was clear: employing EmbracePlus to precisely capture and analyze stress induced in the immersive VR environment. Experimental precision laid the groundwork for subsequent statistical analyses.
Chapter Two: "Cognitive Workload Assessment using Eye Movement Measures"
Simultaneously, using Tobii Pro Glasses 2, students engaged in cognitively demanding tasks, including experimental scenarios like public speaking. The objective: assess cognitive workload through eye movement measures, including pupillary responses and fixation metrics. The chapter emphasized not only technological intricacies but also experimental design principles, leading to insightful statistical analyses.