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Travel in immersive virtual environments: an evaluation of viewpoint motion control techniques

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3 Author(s)
Bowman, D.A. ; Coll. of Comput., Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA, USA ; Koller, D. ; Hodges, L.F.

Presents a categorization of techniques for first-person motion control, or travel, through immersive virtual environments, as well as a framework for evaluating the quality of different techniques for specific virtual environment tasks. We conduct three quantitative experiments within this framework: a comparison of different techniques for moving directly to a target object varying in size and distance, a comparison of different techniques for moving relative to a reference object, and a comparison of different motion techniques and their resulting sense of “disorientation” in the user. Results indicate that “pointing” techniques are advantageous relative to “gaze-directed” steering techniques for a relative motion task, and that motion techniques which instantly teleport users to new locations are correlated with increased user disorientation

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Virtual Reality Annual International Symposium, 1997., IEEE 1997

Date of Conference:

1-5 Mar 1997