The project aims to integrate a virtual reality environment and respiratory biofeedback to help users relax and manage their stress. The Academy Assistants presented an accessible program that measures users breathing with only their mobile phone and integrates this information in a VR environment. The final goal is to help users visualize their own respiratory pace, and adjust it to foster relaxation. After conducting a successful pilot study, the researchers intend to run further experiments with the system during the next academic year, and publish the results in academic venues. Besides, the system will be made publicly available to boost research on this topic.
Elena Maan: My name is Elena Maan and I’m from the communication sciences department. Together with Lars Lische, Miguel Barreda Angeles and Katrin Obendrauf I work on the ‘designing biofeedback in VR technology for supporting relaxation’ project. My position is the position of academic assistant.
Katrin Obendrauf: I am an AI masters student and I am working on the Relaxation in VR Project. My main role in the project is to program the prototype (so the VR environment and the collection and integration of biofeedback into the VR environment). Additionally, I will conduct an experiment with Elena to evaluate our prototype and will then analyze the prototype from a HCI perspective.