Immersive Guided Tours for Virtual Tourism through 3D City Models

Rüdiger Beimler, Gerd Bruder, Frank Steinicke
Proceedings of the GI Workshop on Virtual and Augmented Reality (GI VR/AR), page 69--75 - 2013
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Since decades, computer-mediated realities such as virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) have been used to visualize and explore virtual city models. The inherent three-dimensional (3D) nature as well as our natural understanding of urban areas and city models makes them suitable for immersive or semi-immersive installations, which support natural exploration of such complex datasets. In this paper, we present a novel VR approach to leverage immersive guided virtual tours through 3D city models. Therefore, we combine an immersive head-mounted display (HMD) setup, which is used by one or more tourists, with a touch-enabled tabletop, which is used by the guide. While the guide overviews the entire virtual 3D city model and the virtual representations of each tourist inside the model, tourists perceive an immersive view from an egocentric perspective to regions of the city model, which can be pointed out by the guide. We describe the implementation of the setup and discuss interactive virtual tours through a 3D city model.

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@InProceedings\{BBS13,
  author       = "Beimler, Rüdiger and Bruder, Gerd and Steinicke, Frank",
  title        = "Immersive Guided Tours for Virtual Tourism through 3D City Models",
  booktitle    = "Proceedings of the GI Workshop on Virtual and Augmented Reality (GI VR/AR)",
  pages        = "69--75",
  year         = "2013",
  keywords     = "virtual-wuerzburg-city-visualization",
  url          = "http://basilic.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/Publications/2013/BBS13"
}

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