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Improvements to a sailing VR simulator environment for assessing and improving helm performance

Spenkuch, Thomas, Turnock, Stephen, Scarponi, Matteo and Shenoi, Ajit, (2008) Improvements to a sailing VR simulator environment for assessing and improving helm performance Estivalet, Margaret and Brisson, Pierre (eds.) In The Engineering of Sport 7. Springer., pp. 65-76.

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The sailing simulator ‘Robo-Race’ is used to examine the effect on sailor performance of enhancing the realism of the simulation. For this purpose, the following two human interface device/display environments were evaluated. Firstly, a Basic Display Environment (BDE) which consists of two screens in conjunction with a joystick. Secondly the Advanced Display Environment (ADE) that consists of three projectors with an additional screen and a steering (or helm) wheel as interface device. A number of sailors who were divided according to their sailing skills and their experience with computer game interface devices had to deal with seven upwind races against two computer controlled America’s Cup Class (ACC) yachts. The experiment shows that the combination of BDE/joystick limits their natural sailing behaviour. However, the combination of ADE/steering wheel significantly improved the sailors’ efficiency. The ADE setup has been shown to enhance the realism of the simulation and allowed the sailors’ to race opponents in a more realistic manner

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Published date: June 2008
Additional Information: Proceedings volume of the ISEA 2007
Venue - Dates: 7th ISEA Conference 2007, 2008-06-02 - 2008-06-06
Keywords: sailing/water sports, performance sports, virtual reality, computer application in sports
Organisations: Fluid Structure Interactions Group


Local EPrints ID: 52415
ISBN: 9782287990557
PURE UUID: b1303a6d-218f-40e1-b005-2be41a34c8e8
ORCID for Stephen Turnock: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 26 Jun 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:40

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Author: Thomas Spenkuch
Author: Stephen Turnock ORCID iD
Author: Matteo Scarponi
Author: Ajit Shenoi
Editor: Margaret Estivalet
Editor: Pierre Brisson

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