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The "Bubble" technique: interacting with large virtual environments using haptic devices with limited workspace

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The "Bubble" technique is a novel interaction technique to interact with large virtual environments (VE) using a haptic device with a limited workspace. It is based on a hybrid position/rate control which enables both accurate interaction and coarse positioning in a large VE. The haptic workspace is displayed visually using a semi-transparent sphere (looking like a bubble) that surrounds the manipulated cursor. When the cursor is located inside the bubble, its motion is position-controlled. When the cursor is outside, it is rate-controlled. The user may also "feel" the inner surface of the bubble, since the spherical workspace is "haptically" displayed by applying an elastic force-feedback when crossing the surface of the bubble.

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Eurohaptics Conference, 2005 and Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, 2005. World Haptics 2005. First Joint

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18-20 March 2005

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