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TREESENSE
ELICITING BODY OWNERSHIP ILLUSION IN VIRTUAL REALITY WITH ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION

TreeSense is a tactile virtual reality system that explores the bodily experiences of being a tree. Seeing and feeling their arm as the branches and their body as the trunk, the user experiences being the tree from a seed rising through the dirt, sprouting branches and growing to a full-size tree until it is violently chopped down. The technical contribution of the TreeSense lies in the visuo-tactile integration in the virtual environment with Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) as feedback to provide a believable body ownership illusion(BOI) experience.

Funded (or funded in part) by the Council for the Arts at MIT.