Virtual Reality Application to Teach Dangerous Over Exposure to UV Radiation

Edgard Vargas-Solís, Daniel Cárdenas-Salas, Juan Gutierrez-Cardenas, Vilma S. Romero-Romero

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Abstract

The high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation in Peru constitute a risk for the population, that does not give it the importance that it should and does not take adequate measures to protect against it and to prevent skin injuries. This research aims to educate the general population about the high radiation levels registered in our country. To accomplish this objective, a virtual reality application was developed to visualize real time UV index, the maximum exposition time before getting a sunburn according to the user’s skin type, the potential skin damage, and, lastly, it provides a Solar Protection Factor (SPF) recommendation. To validate the research, a survey was applied to 63 participants, who were mostly between 18 and 24 years old, in two parts: the first part (knowledge segment) was applied before the simulation took place in order to analyze the user’s knowledge level about the subject; and the second part (application segment) measured how valuable the application was in terms of education, usability and appeal. The survey results (p < 0.001) indicate that most of the participants do not know or are indifferent to high UV radiation (knowledge segment), and that the virtual reality application educated the participants about the UV radiation problem (application segment, education component). There is evidence that virtual reality can be an effective method to teach people about a problem, being part of it, and observe the consequences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Future Technologies Conference, FTC 2020, Volume 3
EditorsKohei Arai, Supriya Kapoor, Rahul Bhatia
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages100-112
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030630911
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
EventFuture Technologies Conference, FTC 2020 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 5 Nov 20206 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1290
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceFuture Technologies Conference, FTC 2020
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period5/11/206/11/20

Keywords

  • Fitzpatrick
  • Minimal erythema doses
  • UV index
  • Virtual reality

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