ReLive: Data analysis on the desktop and in virtual reality

Evaluating data from mixed reality studies synchronously on the desktop and "on site" in virtual reality? Freely usable software for this purpose is provided by Harald Reiterer, Sebastian Hubenschmid, Jonathan Wieland, Daniel Immanuel Fink and Johannes Zagermann along with colleagues from the USA.
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Right now, there is a big hype around applications using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies. The development of what is known as mixed reality applications, which are based on these technologies, increasingly requires user studies and critical testing of the applications under "field conditions", i.e. in augmented or virtual reality.
For this purpose, various tools are used to evaluate data either directly in virtual reality or traditionally on the desktop. The team led by Harald Reiterer, professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Konstanz, has now developed a toolbox that combines both options and makes the synchronized evaluation of mixed reality studies in VR and on the desktop possible. The toolbox as well as the accompanying publication (open access article) are freely available.

The "ReLive Toolbox" consists of an application for data collection in mixed reality studies ("relive-logging-toolkit"), a desktop and a VR application for data analysis ("relive-desktop" and "relive-vr"), and a server for synchronizing the applications ("relive-server"). It can be downloaded for free from the GitHub directory of the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Konstanz.

The aforementioned open access article in Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (doi: 10.1145/3491102.3517550) is available for free download from the University of Konstanz document server KOPS.

Daniel Schmidtke

By Daniel Schmidtke - 30.01.2023