Embodied information behavior, mixed reality and big data

Ruth West, Max J. Parola, Amelia R. Jaycen, Christopher P. Lueg

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A renaissance in the development of virtual (VR), augmented (AR), and mixed reality (MR) technologies with a focus on consumer and industrial applications is underway. As data becomes ubiquitous in our lives, a need arises to revisit the role of our bodies, explicitly in relation to data or information. Our observation is that VR/AR/MR technology development is a vision of the future framed in terms of promissory narratives. These narratives develop alongside the underlying enabling technologies and create new use contexts for virtual experiences. It is a vision rooted in the combination of responsive, interactive, dynamic, sharable data streams, and augmentation of the physical senses for capabilities beyond those normally humanly possible. In parallel to the varied definitions of information and approaches to elucidating information behavior, a myriad of definitions and methods of measuring and understanding presence in virtual experiences exist. These and other ideas will be tested by designers, developers and technology adopters as the broader ecology of head-worn devices for virtual experiences evolves in order to reap the full potential and benefits of these emerging technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE-IS and T Electronic Imaging - Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2015
EditorsMargaret Dolinsky, Ian E. McDowall
ISBN (Electronic)9781628414820
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventEngineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2015 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 9 2015Feb 10 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceEngineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • Augmented or mixed reality
  • Big data
  • Embodiment
  • Head-worn display
  • HMD
  • Information behavior
  • Presence
  • Promissory narrative
  • Virtual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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