Media Technology MSc

Experiments with Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation in Daily Activities


The human vestibular system has been extensively studied using Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS). Most experiments focus on vestibular disorders and use confined tests in a laboratory environment. The present study focuses on the effect of vestibular stimulation in every day life and its suitability as an HCI technology. In contrast to other experiments the present study uses a GVS device which is dependent on the head movement of the test subject. Effects of various GVS schemes (both correlated and uncorrelated to head movement) on several everyday activities are investigated. The experiments yield very interesting results, which provide incentives for further experiments to accumulate more evidence.



Antal Ruhl and Maarten H. Lamers, Experiments with Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation in Daily Activities: An Informal Look into its Suitability for HCI. In: Proceedings of the CHI Sparks Conference 2011, June 2011, Arnhem (The Netherlands)