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Velocity-dependent dynamic curvature gain for redirected walking

  • Redirected walking techniques allow people to walk in a larger virtual space than the physical extents of the laboratory. We describe two experiments conducted to investigate human sensitivity to walking on a curved path and to validate a new redirected walking technique. In a psychophysical experiment, we found that sensitivity to walking on a curved path was significantly lower for slower walking speeds (radius of 10 meters versus 22 meters). In an applied study, we investigated the influence of a velocity-dependent dynamic gain controller and an avatar controller on the average distance that participants were able to freely walk before needing to be reoriented. The mean walked distance was significantly greater in the dynamic gain controller condition, as compared to the static controller (22 meters versus 15 meters). Our results demonstrate that perceptually motivated dynamic redirected walking techniques, in combination with reorientation techniques, allow for unaided exploration of a large virtual city model.

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Author of HS ReutlingenNeth, Christian; Kloos, Uwe
Erschienen in:IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics
Place of publication:New York, NY
Document Type:Journal article
Publication year:2012
Tag:avatars; curvature sensitivity; redirected walking; virtual locomotion; virtual reality
First Page:1041
Last Page:1052
DDC classes:004 Informatik
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt