A Multiplayer VR Live Concert with Information Exchange Through Feedback Modulated by EEG Signals

Angel Munoz-Gonzalez, Shohei Kobayashi, Ryota Horie

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Abstract

Despite the emergence of brain-computer interfaces, social applications of this technology wherein users interact with each other are infrequent. Thus, we develop a novel system consisting of a multiplayer virtual reality live concert in which the brain activity of the audience is used to elicit visual effects, based on the $\beta$/$\alpha$ ratio signal obtained from the single-channel electroencephalogram (EEG) recorder. In this way, the system interconnects users through neurofeedback that can potentially be used to cause a 'sense of unity' between users. In this work, we introduce the configuration, implementation and specifications of the system, proposing a local configuration and a client configuration. Function testing of the system performance for generating visual effects and quality control of the signal is conducted. A preliminary study to test the system is also shown, and the $\beta$/$\alpha$ ratio signal and questionnaire are briefly analyzed. We propose the usability of the system for future research on the influence of music and emotions on group interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-255
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Apr 1

Keywords

  • Beta/alpha ratio
  • brain-computer interface
  • electroencephalography
  • live concert
  • sense of unity
  • virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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