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Timoni West on nailing the virtual reality user experience

Timoni West on nailing the virtual reality user experience

The O'Reilly Radar Podcast: VR UX hurdles, bringing VR mainstream, and preparing for user behavior.This week, I chat with Timoni West, the principal designer at Unity Labs, where she specializes in virtual reality (VR) user experience. We talk about VR, the UX hurdles designers are tackling, what will drive mainstream adoption, and what we can expect from VR in the future.West will be talking more about VR at Strata + Hadoop World San Jose 2016 in her session "Virtual reality in 2016 and in the future."

Here are some highlights from our chat:

UX hurdles in VR
The biggest UX challenges I've seen people tackling in various ways are, first, locomotion: how do you move around a space if the space is larger than the physical space you have available to you? If you're going to use some sort of movement mechanic to move the user's camera forward, how do you do that without getting them sick? There's a couple of really brilliant solutions to this already, so I think long term maybe that won'