Navigation Interfaces for Virtual Reality and Gaming: Theory and Practice

Ernst Kruijff, Bernhard Riecke E.
Workshop presented at the IEEE Virtual Reality - 2017, Workshop


In this course, we will take a detailed look at various breeds of spatial navigation interfaces that allow for locomotion in digital 3D environments such as games, virtual environments or even the exploration of abstract data sets. We will closely look into the basics of navigation, unraveling the psychophysics (including wayfinding) and actual navigation (travel) aspects. The theoretical foundations form the basis for the practical skillset we will develop, by providing an in-depth discussion of navigation devices and techniques, and a step-by-step discussion of multiple real-world case studies. Doing so, we will cover the full range of navigation techniques from handheld to full-body, highly engaging and partly unconventional methods and tackle spatial navigation with hands-on-experience and tips for design and validation of novel interfaces. In particular, we will be looking at affordable setups and ways to "trick" out users to enable a realistic feeling of self-motion in the explored environments. As such, the course unites the theory and practice of spatial navigation, serving as entry point to understand and improve upon currently existing methods for the application domain at hand.

BibTex references

  author       = {Kruijff, Ernst and Riecke E., Bernhard},
  title        = {Navigation Interfaces for Virtual Reality and Gaming: Theory and Practice},
  howpublished = {Workshop presented at the IEEE Virtual Reality},
  year         = {2017},
  note         = {Workshop},

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