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ARCHITECTURE AND MODERN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC SCIENTIFIC - EDUCATIONAL JOURNAL ON SCIENTIFIC-TECHNOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL-METHODICAL ASPECTS OF MODERN ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION AND DESIGNING WITH THE USAGE OF VIDEO AND COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES

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DEVELOPMENT OF A PORTABLE VIRTUAL-REALITY SYSTEM FOR DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EDUCATION

Ryuzo Ohno, Jaeho Ryu
Department of Built Environment, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

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Abstract

The major cities in Japan like Tokyo make a great effort to inform the citizen about the earthquake disaster through several disaster education facilities because the probability of occurrence of earthquake is quite high compared with other countries. Especially, the disaster preparedness education on earthquake is very important.
We have designed and created a portable immersive virtual-reality system that enables people to have disaster education without going to the remote disaster education facilities. The system is composed of three sets of projector and screen, which can show a wide view image with the size of 6.0M (width) x 1.8M (height). This system can display both the real-timely generated computer graphics and moving picture on the screen.
As effective disaster education contents, we have developed a program for the users to examine safety of their own room using virtual-reality technology. The expected advantages of this interactive program for disaster education are: (1) people can have a virtual experience of disaster situation with higher sense of presence, (2) people can imagine and recognize the risk of future earthquake, and (3) people can take effective measures to mitigate the disaster.

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Keywords: virtual reality, disaster, earthquake,education
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