Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

6-2015

Journal or Book Title

IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

Volume

21

Issue

6

First Page

770

Last Page

782

DOI

10.1109/ TVCG.2015.2393871

Abstract

In training assembly workers in a factory, there are often barriers such as cost and lost productivity due to shutdown. The use of virtual reality (VR) training has the potential to reduce these costs. This research compares virtual bimanual haptic training versus traditional physical training and the effectiveness for learning transfer. In a mixed experimental design, participants were assigned to either virtual or physical training and trained by assembling a wooden burr puzzle as many times as possible during a twenty minute time period. After training, participants were tested using the physical puzzle and were retested again after two weeks. All participants were trained using brightly colored puzzle pieces. To examine the effect of color, testing involved the assembly of colored physical parts and natural wood colored physical pieces. Spatial ability as measured using a mental rotation test, was shown to correlate with the number of assemblies they were able to complete in the training. While physical training outperformed virtual training, after two weeks the virtually trained participants actually improved their test assembly times. The results suggest that the color of the puzzle pieces helped the virtually trained participants in remembering the assembly process.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article from IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (2014): 1, doi:10.1109/ TVCG.2015.2393871. Copyright IEEE.

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Copyright Owner

IEEE

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf