Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

1-1-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Science

First Advisor

James A Jones

Second Advisor

Dawn E Wilkins

Third Advisor

Philip J Rhodes

School

University of Mississippi

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

Visual perception in virtual reality devices is a widely researched topic. Many newer experiments compare their results to those of older studies that may have used equipment which is now outdated, which can cause perceptual differences. These differences in hardware can be simulated to a degree in software, provided the capabilities of the current hardware meet or exceed those of the older hardware. I present the HMD Simulation Framework, a software package for the Unity3D engine that allows for quick modification of many commonly researched HMD characteristics through the Inspector GUI built into Unity. I also describe a human subjects experiment aimed at identifying perceptual equivalence classes between different sets of headset characteristics. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all human subjects research was suspended for safety reasons, and I was unable to collect any data.

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