Hand gesture-based virtual reality training simulator for collaboration rescue of a railway accident

Authors: Xu, J., Tang, Z., Zhao, H. and Zhang, J.J.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/32906/

Journal: Interacting with computers (Elsevier)

Publisher: Elsevier

ISSN: 0953-5438

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Authors: Xu, J., Tang, Z., Zhao, H. and Zhang, J.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/32906/

Journal: Interacting with Computers

Volume: 31

Issue: 6

Pages: 577-588

ISSN: 0953-5438

DOI: 10.1093/iwc/iwz037

© 2019 The Author(s) 2019. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Computer Society. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com. Training simulator is an efficient and innovative tool to help users learn professional skills due to its convenience and safety. However, complex human-computer interaction is one of the main disadvantages that limit its effectiveness in safety training, especially for the rescue of a railway accident that requires collaborations. Through designing a set of task-specific hand gestures, we developed a training simulator for the recovery of a railway accident that helps the rescuers learn and practice rescue skills in a life-like environment and gain the firsthand experience. To test the validity of our training simulator, a user experiment is designed to compare it with the controller-based simulator in a between-groups study with 51 participants, focusing on different aspects of effectiveness. The results demonstrate that the hand gesture-based controller can be more efficient and usable to deal with complex interactions than the traditional hand-held controller.

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