Emotion Hacking VR: Amplifying Scary VR Experience by Accelerating Actual Heart Rate

  • Ryoko UeokaEmail author
  • Ali AlMutawa
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10904)


An emotion hacking virtual reality (EH-VR) system is an interactive system that hacks one’s heartbeat and controls it to accelerate a scary VR experience. The EH-VR system provides vibrotactile biofeedback, which resembles a heartbeat, from the footrest. The system determines a false heartbeat frequency by detecting the user’s heart rate in real time. The calculated false heart rate is higher than the user’s actual heart rate. This calculation is based on a quadric equation mode that we created. Using this system, we demonstrated at emerging technologies at Siggraph Asia 2016. Approximately 100 people experienced the system and we observed that for all participants, the heart rate was more elevated than in the beginning. Additional experiments endorsed that this effect was possibly caused by the presentation of a false heartbeat by the EH-VR.


Emotion Virtual reality Scare False heart rate 



This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP16K12514.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of DesignKyushu UniversityFukuoka CityJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of DesignKyushu UniversityFukuoka CityJapan

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