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Show RCA 2019

Xinran Huang

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Major project:

Virtual Hiking

This is a hiking stick for VR users, to alleviate motion sickness. Motion sickness in VR is called 'visually induced motion sickness'. This is caused by the confusion you feel when your vision tells your brain that you are moving, but all the other parts of the body tell your brain that you are still. This hiking stick simulates the condition of walking with a stick in hand. It uses sound, haptic and hand motion to give the brain feedback of the success of movement. When the brain understands the movement and agrees with the sight, the motion sickness can be alleviated.


  • During my two year study at the Royal College of Art, I've designed lots of interactive products focussed on adding physical feedback to virtual reality; to create new experiences and improve VR technology. Projects include touch material in VR, feeling the wind in VR, using colour to connect the real world and virtual world, feeling weight in VR, walking in VR without motion sickness, etc. The experiments aim at unlocking humans' potential, using the abilities we usually ignore in our everyday life in virtual reality.

  • Previous degrees

  • BScProduct Design, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, 2017
  • Experiences

  • Product designer, POVOS, Shanghai, China, 2017–2018; Product designer, Shanghai Gui Zu Smart Technology Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China, 2014
  • Awards

  • Nominated to Helen Hamlyn Student Design Awards 2019
Royal College of Art