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XR Lab specialty and best practices

Facility summary

About the XR lab

The XR (Extended Reality) lab space is set up to offer researchers a advanced space to carry out their Virtual or Augmented Reality and Motion Capture experiments. The room is further set up with 3 other powerful workstations dedicated to data processing purposes. The workstations include Xsens MVN software, Adobe CC, Tobii pro, Oculus, Steam, Unity and much more. Read more.

Using The XR lab And Their Equipment

When should you use the XR lab?
When your study requires the use of Virtual Reality or motion capture. For studies where the participants need to stand and move around, this room and its equipment are ideal for the mobility required in your research design. The room can also be used for developing of your virtual environment and for the usage of processing your data.

When should you not use the XR lab?
This room is not ideal for VR experiments that incorporate driving. For this look at our Driving Simulator. VR studies that require participants to sit could also be completed in our Flexperiment rooms, this will depend on availability of our rooms.

Best practices XR lab 

When in the room, there are some ground rules you must abide by.

  • Working in the room
    • Keep the room clean! Eat in the student lounge or down in the mess hall.
    • Keep silent in the room! This is not only for your own research but also for the other research taking place in the rooms next door.
    • Don’t move the equipment (unless discussed).
    • In case of questions or problems, report these to the BMS Lab Room B204.
    • Don’t overheat the room during winter.
    • Close windows and turn off light when finished.
    • Bring the key back to B204.
    • The room keys cannot leave the building. If you want to use the facilities outside office hours, indicate this in – your reservation. Make sure you are informed about the procedures regarding access of the building outside office hours.
  • Working with participants
    • When using Informed Consent forms, make sure you guarantee your participants’ anonymity, so do not leave the forms behind.
    • Participants can be noisy in the hallway when waiting to participate in an experiment. For this reason, participants have to wait downstairs in the mess hall or in the student lounge on the first floor of the Cubicus.
  • Working with our equipment
    • You can make use of the PC and equipment you reserved. You are not allowed to use equipment you have not reserved.
    • The PCs are not clean installed after every research, so take care of your data during/after your research.
    • It is obligatory to copy your data after every day of data gathering onto the T4P data server.
    • After the research, delete any sensitive data from the PC.
    • Let us know through the equipment reservation forms what hardware you want to use. This way we can make sure all the necessary software is there for you.
  • Hygiene protocol

    The below states the hygiene procedures related to persons. For equipment, follow the disinfection procedure for the instrument. 

    1 – Persons

    1.1 – Postpone the study in case of flu, cold or other infection in the trial conductor or subject (V).

    1.2 – Ensure good general body and clothing hygiene during the trial period (V).

    1.3 – Always wear disposable gloves during the following physiological procedures:

    a – cleaning/abrading the subject’s skin (V).
    b – application of electrodes (V).
    c – removal of electrodes (V).
    d – all actions related to blood, sperm or vaginal fluid (V).
    e – working with disinfectants (V).
    f – in the case of clearly visible wounds or skin irritation in the subject or experimenter (V).

    1.4 – The simplest disinfection procedure is hand washing. This should be done, regardless of the use of gloves:

    a – prior to physiological actions (V).
    b – after physiological actions (V).
    c – after using the toilet (V).
    d – after sneezing, coughing or blowing the nose (use paper tissues) (V).
    e – after unexpected contact with blood or other body fluids (V).

    1.5 – It is preferable not to wear rings during examination (V).

    1.6 – Nails should preferably be kept short and clean during the study period (V).

Want to use the XR lab space?

First go through the steps on how to reserve our facilities or go directly through our project registration to start the reservation process. If you have already followed these steps, go directly to our booqable page to make a reservation