Due to Covid-19, our lab-based data acquisition is currently on hold. We are establishing work flows for secure VR testing, following the most recent general guidelines to minimize the risks of infection (e.g., disinfecting surfaces, items and hands; keeping physical distances; ensuring air circulation; wearing face shields and masks) as well as developing our own standard operating procedures (e.g., alcohol-base disinfection of HMDs and controllers; minimizing direct contact between equipment and skin with disposable sheets). Importantly, we disinfect our equipment with high-intensity short-wave ultraviolet radiation (UVC light) after each use.
We also constantly improve the procedures following the latest recommendations and in close contact with the authorities at our institutions.
Useful resources for hygienic XR-based experimentation during (and after) Covid-19:
- Blog post by Steed et al. (May 19, 2020): Evaluating immersive experiences during Covid-19 and beyond.
- WHO recommendations (May 16, 2020): Cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces in the context of COVID-19.
- Brandon Birckhead briefly mentioning their procedures in a webinar (July 14, 2020).
- Twitter threads like this one (June 29, 2020).
- Results of an XR4ALL survey on the impact of Covid-19 on XR in Europe (July 2020, PDF).