Design Engineering
Showcase 2021


Virtual Reality

Project Details

Jake Kurzrock
Elijah Ko
Maxine Flandrin
Joy Zhang
Innovation Design Engineering
Experimental interaction

Delivering a VR spatial-haptic salsa dance partner experience

This project is the result of an innovative collaboration between Imperial College London and TUM (Technical University Munich), two World leading technical universities and teams of multidisciplinary designers and engineers. This team worked remotely using virtual prototyping tools combined with established design engineering methods to explore concepts for tangible interfaces utilising the potential of Virtual and Augmented reality (VR-AR).

Salsero device

Complex spatial and sensory interactions

Salsa dance experiences and training are incredibly complex spatial and sensory interactions and therefore a great innovation challenge. VR headsets can provide the visual and auditory experience, and the team focused on a pared down system to provide the spatial and haptic experience of the critical hand positioning between Salsa dance partners. The team used VR headsets themselves and Gravity Sketch software to virtually inhabit the dance space and collaboratively develop the concepts for the physical system to deliver the spatial-haptic dance partner experience.