Poster: Towards Context-Sensitive Reorientation for Real Walking in Virtual Reality

March 25, 2015 | Provence, France

Speaker: Evan Suma
Host: 2015 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference

Redirected walking techniques help overcome physical limitations for natural locomotion in virtual reality. Though subtle perceptual manipulations are helpful, it is inevitable that users will approach critical boundary limits. Current solutions to this problem involve breaks in presence by introducing distractors, or freezing the virtual world relative to the user’s perspective. We propose an approach that integrates into the virtual world narrative to draw users’ attention and cause them to temporarily alter their course to avoid going off bounds. This method ties together unnoticeable translation, rotation, and curvature gains, efficiently reorienting the user while maintaining the user’s sense of immersion.