Technology for Opportunity

Note: A ViTA DMF subscription does NOT include the necessary equipment to operate the Software. All equipment must be provided by your organization.

In its optimal configuration, the ViTA DMF software runs on a p.c. computer hooked up to a large screen t.v., but a laptop screen or external monitor will suffice. A proctor must be in the room with the person interviewing. The proctor uses a tablet device to prompt the virtual human’s pre-programmed responses and to collect the data necessary to provide feedback to the client and research data to the DMF and ICT research teams.

Setup Options

Minimal Equipment:

The minimum equipment necessary to properly run the ViTA DMF Software includes:

  • Laptop (recommended) or other Computer – runs the ViTA DMF Software and integrates with all other equipment.
  • 24″ HD LCD Monitor or Larger – used for increased immersion and image quality

Recommended Equipment:

Along with the required minimum equipment necessary, we recommend adding the items below.  This will greatly increase the ViTA DMF experience by increasing the immersion and usability for both operator and participant.

  • 24″ HD LCD Monitor or Larger – used for increased immersion and image quality
  • HDMI Cable or VGA – audio/video inter-connectivity for high resolution display
  • 3.5mm Multimedia Speakers – used in combination with the LCD Monitor better audio quality in immersion setting
  • 3.5mm Lapel Microphone – used for enhanced immersion through the Auto-Response feature
  • Wireless Mouse – to allow for wireless navigation of the computer
  • Wireless Keyboard – wireless navigation and can be used for remote operation of the Interview Scenario feature

Optional Equipment:

A variety of optional equipment can be purchased for integration into the ViTA DMF set-up.  All optional equipment is listed below with a brief description of its use with ViTA DMF.

  • Wireless Headset (with or without mic) –  can be used for increased audio and with the Auto-Response feature
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro Pack – ViTA DMF was designed for optimal performance in this operating system
  • 3-Year Computer Accident Protection Plan – to cover damage or malfunction of the computer

Computer Specs

In order to run the ViTA DMF Software effectively, there are minimum computer system requirements and recommendations that must be met. The specifications below are intended to be used as a purchase guide for compatible computer hardware and software.  

Please note: the system specifications listed below assume the purchase of a laptop for use with ViTA DMF.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows 7 or 8.1
  • Intel i7 840 or similar
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Nvidia GTX 500 M series mobile graphics card (1GB video RAM)
  • 4GB of hard drive space
  • Integrated webcam

Recommended Requirements:

  • Windows 10
  • Intel i7 4700 MQ processor or better
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Nvidia GTX 770M mobile graphics card (3GB video RAM)
  • 4 GB of hard drive space

Additional (not required) suggestions for ideal setup:

  • Additional 100GB of available hard drive space recommended for video file archives
  • SSD is highly recommended