Date of Award

6-14-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Publisher

Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2018.

Department

Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Ahmed Amer

Abstract

In today’s society, the vast majority of individuals are afraid to speak in front of a public crowd. This could range from a classroom presentation to a thousand person amphitheater, and it is because of this fear that people are more anxious in public settings where they present their own idea. In the past, people would try to tackle this problem by practicing in front of a mirror, or having friends help practice. However, there was no convenient way of practicing in front of a live audience, and we believe that with the advances in technology, especially virtual reality, that we can help solve this problem. Our idea, PresentVR, aims to provide the user with an application that places them in front of a realistic audience in virtual reality equipped with the aids and tools they would use in real life. Our solution composes of a virtual reality application where the user gives the presentations, a web application where the user can upload presentation materials, and a mobile application for additional users to join the audience and help create a more realistic environment. Succeeding in this overall system will provide people around the world with the ability to practice presentations and improve their public speaking skills from the convenience of their home.

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