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Exergaming in Virtual Reality


As Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming a trend in technology, also available for end users, there are many opportunities for serious and gaming applications. One domain of games for virtual environments are exergames - a combination of exercising and gaming.

Research Topics

  • Usability - Motivation & Engagement 

    • Improving overall experience of users - due to an increase of flow, presence and immersion

  • Social 

    • Multiplayer in VR with possibility to communicate and increases the social presence

  • Data Visualisation

    • Influence of complexity and elements positioning in user interface on experience

  • Sport & Performance 

    • Joint PhD-degree program within the strategic partnership of TUB and UTS 



VR Rowing

Application for Virtual Reality where rowing is used as exercise. The player has an overview from first-person point of view inside of the virtual scull on a lake. Several play modes are implemented with different user interface visualisations for single and multiplayer so far.  

VR Rowing project was presented on Long night of science and was recognised by news “Berliner Zeitung”: https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/berlin/sportler-im-cyberspace-rudern-ohne-nass-zu-werden-30578096


Virtual Reality & Exercise Gaming 

Course as part of Summer and Winter University where goal is that students come up and develop their own exercise games for Virtual Reality. The course is focusing on topics such as: 

  • Introduction to programming for Virtual Reality with Unity
  • Understanding benefits and limitations of VR environments
  • Workshop in designing, prototyping, and developing for one small Exergame in VR 
  • Perform a usability test and use the gathered result during the development

More on: https://www.tu-berlin.de/menue/summer_university/summer_university_term_3/virtual_reality_exercise_gaming/


Impact of Constant Visual Biofeedback on User Experience in Virtual Reality Exergames
Zitatschlüssel kojic2019c
Autor Kojic, Tanja and Nugyen, Lan Thao and Voigt-Antons, Jan-Niklas
Buchtitel IEEE 1st International Workshop on Bridging the Gap between Semantics and Multimedia Processing (SeMP 2019)
Seiten 1–4
Jahr 2019
Adresse Piscataway, NJ, USA
Monat dec
Notiz online
Verlag IEEE
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Zusammenfassung With the rise of Virtual Reality (VR) as trend in technology - also available for end users - came many opportunities for serious and gaming applications. One domain of games for virtual environments are exergames - a combination of exercising and gaming. For many exergames, users need to be instructed on how the exercise has to be performed correctly. In this study, a rowing simulation is extended by visualizations in VR that show constant live biofeedback information about the rowers current breathing patterns. In order to compare the effects of such additional information, several visualizations of biofeedback were designed: animation of lungs, line chart, and numerical breathing synchronization feedback. The main goal of the game for participants was to focus on their breathing rhythm and maintain it. Results show that helpfulness and sympathy were rated statistically significantly higher for the case of combined instructional elements compared to no elements. Moreover, participants rated rowing in VR statistically significantly higher on the sympathy scale compared to rowing without VR. Furthermore, flow was rated statistically significantly higher for the conditions including all instruction types. There was a significant decrease of task performance for conditions with performance visualizations. For future studies we are planning to use longer stimulus duration, greater than 10 minutes, due to this change we expect that a potential increase of task performance will manifest.
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Exergaming in Virtual Reality
04/2016 - 03/2021
QULab Kontaktperson:
Tanja KojicJan-Niklas Voigt-Antons 

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