Multimodal Interaction Metaphors for Manipulation of Distant Objects in Immersive Virtual Environments

Frank Steinicke, Timo Ropinski, Klaus H. Hinrichs
Proceedings of the International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision, page 45--48 - 2005
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In this paper we discuss direct interaction metaphors for selection and manipulation of distant objects in immersive virtual environments. After describing current interaction metaphors, we propose extensions of the improved virtual pointer (IVP) metaphor. In particular, we describe how the process of object selection with the IVP metaphor can be enhanced by modifying the distance calculation used to determine the closest object to be selected. Furthermore we introduce direct 6 DOF manipulations of virtual objects using the IVP metaphor and especially consider rotations of distant objects. Since the task of object selection within immersive virtual environments can be further enhanced by exploiting multimodal output (i.e., giving adequate visual, auditory and haptic feedback), we demonstrate how to combine existing interaction metaphors with multimodal feedback. Finally we present the results of a user study, evaluating the different interaction metaphors in a responsive workbench environment, both with and without multimodal feedback.

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@InProceedings\{SRH05f,
  author       = "Steinicke, Frank and Ropinski, Timo and Hinrichs, Klaus H.",
  title        = "Multimodal Interaction Metaphors for Manipulation of Distant Objects in Immersive Virtual Environments",
  booktitle    = "Proceedings of the International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision",
  pages        = "45--48",
  year         = "2005",
  url          = "http://basilic.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/Publications/2005/SRH05f"
}

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