Lost Spirit

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Flight after death: Lost Spirit is an experiential-based Virtual Reality (VR) game whereby the player is trans­ported into the spirit world as they take flight to the afterlife.

Experience flight, weight­less­ness, and wonder. In Lost Spirit, you are stuck in the limbo — a world between the living and the dead. You will drift and fly through dif­fer­ent envi­ron­ments, each cor­re­spond­ing to dif­fer­ent emo­tions asso­ci­ated with death. Find your way to the after­life, and finally be at peace. Search for the after­life or else risk being stuck in the forever!

 

Immersive Virtual Reality (VR) as a research tool pro­vides numer­ous oppor­tu­ni­ties of what one can do and see in a vir­tual world which is not pos­si­ble in real world. Being able to fly is an expe­ri­ence that humans have long dreamed of achiev­ing. In this project, we intro­duce a VR game where par­tic­i­pants can use their body ges­tures as a Natural User Interface (NUI) to con­trol flying move­ments via a Microsoft Kinect. The goal of this research is to explore the nav­i­ga­tional expe­ri­ence of flying via body ges­tures: what people like to do, what they want to be, and most impor­tantly, how they map their ges­tures to nav­i­ga­tion con­trol easily in a VR environment.

Here’s Alex’ pre­sen­ta­tion of the project from the 2016 IEEE VR conference

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Publications

Tong, X., Kitson, A., Salimi, M., Fracchia, F. D., Gromala, D., & Riecke, B. E. (2016). Exploring Embodied Experience of Flying in a Virtual Reality Game with Kinect (pp. 1–2). Presented at the Mixed Reality Art (MRA) Workshop at IEEE VR con­fer­ence, Greenville, SC, USA: ACM. (Download)