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Navigating large-scale virtual environments: what differences occur between helmet-mounted and desk-top displays?

Ruddle, R.A., Payne, S.J. and Jones, D.M. (1999) Navigating large-scale virtual environments: what differences occur between helmet-mounted and desk-top displays? Presence : Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 8 (2). pp. 157-168. ISSN 1054-7460

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Abstract

Participants used a helmet-mounted display (HMD) and a desk-top (monitor) display to learn the layouts of two large-scale virtual environments (VEs) through repeated, direct navigational experience. Both VEs were ‘‘virtual buildings’’ containing more than seventy rooms. Participants using the HMD navigated the buildings significantly more quickly and developed a significantly more accurate sense of relative straight-line distance. There was no significant difference between the two types of display in terms of the distance that participants traveled or the mean accuracy of their direction estimates. Behavioral analyses showed that participants took advantage of the natural, head-tracked interface provided by the HMD in ways that included ‘‘looking around’’more often while traveling through the VEs, and spending less time stationary in the VEs while choosing a direction in which to travel.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 1999 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Irene Rudling
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2009 10:19
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:57
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/105474699566143
Status: Published
Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1162/105474699566143
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5428

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