vr tactile

 VR Tactile is a research thesis project of three Master students working at the AR/VR Garage - New Zealand’s leading innovation hub for AR/VR technology. VR Tactile is a haptic digital architectural environment that combines physical construction with digital information to create a multisensory, interactive experience. It uses virtual reality headset HTC VIVE, 1:1 physical installation with kinetic components and Unity 3D, to make digital information touchable.


VR Tactile project consists of three areas of investigation:


Physical Construction - Yan Li

The physical components for the  installation are designed for a digital extension. Both components are are interlinked  and follow a new design logic that creates a haptic-digital user experience.


Digital Expansion- Kyung Ho Min

The digitally extended  environment is able react dynamically. Itis multi-functional and can morph according to user interaction with the physical components.


Intelligent Interaction - Xi Shao

VR tactile explores an intelligent interaction between architecture and its inhabitants by using kinetic building components to provide dynamic tactile feedback . Additionally hand gesture recognition is used for displaying user instructions.




Project Supervision: Uwe Rieger & Yinan Liu




arc/sec Lab 

The University of Auckland

School of Architecture and Planning
26 Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand

Assoc. Prof. Uwe Rieger


Yinan Liu