A motorized swivel chair that moves the user around in virtual scenes

Researchers from Ulm University in Germany have developed a motorized swivel chair for 360-degree videos that enables VR content creators to rotate or block users’ movement. Jan Gugenheimer, Dennis Wolf, Gabriel Haas, Sebastian Krebs and Enrico Rukzio designed the SwiVRChair to enhance virtual experiences.

The chair can nudge users’ orientation in order to support them while following a moving object or guide them through a VR environment so they don’t miss important details. They can also be blocked from rotating so they’re unable to see something approaching them from behind, which could be used to raise tension, followed by a sudden rotation to create a surprising moment.

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