VR-HYPERSPACE is an FP7 project funded under the AAT workprogramme for 3 years from 1st October, 2011. It presents a profoundly new approach to the issue of aircraft passenger comfort for the second half of this century.
The overall aim is to carry out fundamental research and development leading to a paradigm shift in relation to passenger comfort. Bringing together state of the art research in neuroscience, psychology of perception and future visions of virtual and mixed reality technologies, we will investigate the use of positive illusions that will enable the passenger to feel well, in an extended or alternative space, able to carry out a variety of activities and still feel comfortable while in a limited space.
The objectives are as follows.
Objective 1: Passenger 2050 and beyond - To understand the requirements of Passenger2050 and beyond, in terms of the activities they are likely to want to do to support business and social mobility, and therefore to define the requirements for the future interior space of an airborne vehicle.
Objective 2: Comfort and self representation - To investigate the relationship between a person and their virtual representation in a multi-sensory environment in order to explore whether changing a person’s virtual self to appear more comfortable can change a person’s perceived level of comfort and physiological state.
Objective 3: Comfort and perception of space - To investigate whether we can change a person’s perception of volume and provide the illusion of a more spacious cabin by altering visual cues even in the presence of strong motion cues such as turbulence and in a confined space.
Objective 4: Comfort and perception of others and their environment - To investigate new functionalities to improve level of comfort through enabling thepassenger to personalise their space and interact with others.
Objective 5: Evaluation of current and future technological approaches - To develop and apply innovative evaluation approaches to test emerging and future breakthrough technological concepts using virtual prototyping, physical prototyping and mixed-mode prototyping.
Objective 6: Research Roadmap - To provide a Research Roadmap to support the competitiveness and sustainability of Europe’s Aerospace industry by providing the steps required to develop current and future enabling technologies.