Inside looking out or outside looking in? An evaluation of visualisation modalities to support the creation of a Substitutional Virtual Environment

Jose Fernando Garcia Estrada, Adalberto Simeone, Matthew James Higgins, Wendy Powell, Vaughan Powell

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Abstract

Current Virtual Reality systems only allow users to draw a rectangular perimeter to mark the room-scale area they intend to use. Domestic environments can include furniture and other obstacles that hinder the ease with which users can naturally walk. By leveraging the benefits of passive haptics, users can match physical objects with virtual counterparts, to create substitutional environments. In this paper we explore two visualisation modalities to aid in the creation of a coarse virtual representation of the physical environment, by marking out the volumes of space where physical obstacles are located, to support the substitution process. Our study investigates whether this process is better supported by an inside-looking-out 3D User Interface (that is, viewing the outside world while immersed in Virtual Reality) or from an outside-looking-in one (while viewing the Virtual Environment through an external device, such as a tablet). Results show that the immersive option resulted in better accuracy and was the one with the highest overall preference ratings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces
PublisherACM
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5616-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
EventAVI 2018 International Conference on Advances Visual Interfaces - Gresseto, Italy
Duration: 29 May 20181 Jun 2018

Conference

ConferenceAVI 2018 International Conference on Advances Visual Interfaces
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityGresseto
Period29/05/181/06/18

Keywords

  • Virtual Reality
  • Virtual environments
  • Substitutional Reality

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