Body Ownership of Virtual Avatars: An Affordance Approach of Telepresence

Abstract : Virtual environments are an increasing trend in today’s society. In this scope, the avatar is the representation of the user in the virtual world. However, that relationship lacks empirical studies regarding the nature of the interaction between avatars and human beings. For that purpose it was studied how the avatar’s modeled morphology and dynamics affect its control by the user. An experiment was conducted to measure telepresence and ownership on participants who used a Kinect Natural User Interface (NUI). The body ownership of different avatars was assessed through a behavioral parameter, based on the concept of affordances, and a questionnaire of presence. The results show that the feelings of telepresence and ownership seem to be greater when the kinematics and the avatar’s proportions are closer to those of the user.
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Tiago Coelho, Rita Oliveira, Tiago Cardoso, Yves Rybarczyk. Body Ownership of Virtual Avatars: An Affordance Approach of Telepresence. 9th International Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces (eNTERFACE), Jul 2013, Lisbon, Portugal. pp.3-19, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-55143-7_1⟩. ⟨hal-01350738⟩

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