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Hands-Free Navigation in Immersive Environments for the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Indoor Navigation Systems

Settgast, Volker and Lancelle, Marcel and Bauer, Dietmar and Fellner, Dieter W. (2012):
Hands-Free Navigation in Immersive Environments for the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Indoor Navigation Systems.
Shaker, Aachen, In: Virtuelle und Erweiterte Realität, In: Berichte aus der Informatik, [Conference or Workshop Item]

Abstract

While navigation systems for cars are in widespread use, only recently, indoor navigation systems based on smartphone apps became technically feasible. Hence tools in order to plan and evaluate particular designs of information provision are needed. Since tests in real infrastructures are costly and environmental conditions cannot be held constant, one must resort to virtual infrastructures. In this paper we present a hands-free navigation in such virtual worlds using the Microsoft Kinect in our four-sided Definitely Affordable Virtual Environment (DAVE). We designed and implemented navigation controls using the user's gestures and postures as the input to the controls. The installation of expensive and bulky hardware like treadmills is avoided while still giving the user a good impression of the distance she has travelled in virtual space. An advantage in comparison to approaches using head mounted augmented reality is that the DAVE allows the users to interact with their smartphone. Thus the effects of different indoor navigation systems can be evaluated already in the planning phase using the resulting system.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2012
Creators: Settgast, Volker and Lancelle, Marcel and Bauer, Dietmar and Fellner, Dieter W.
Title: Hands-Free Navigation in Immersive Environments for the Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Indoor Navigation Systems
Language: English
Abstract:

While navigation systems for cars are in widespread use, only recently, indoor navigation systems based on smartphone apps became technically feasible. Hence tools in order to plan and evaluate particular designs of information provision are needed. Since tests in real infrastructures are costly and environmental conditions cannot be held constant, one must resort to virtual infrastructures. In this paper we present a hands-free navigation in such virtual worlds using the Microsoft Kinect in our four-sided Definitely Affordable Virtual Environment (DAVE). We designed and implemented navigation controls using the user's gestures and postures as the input to the controls. The installation of expensive and bulky hardware like treadmills is avoided while still giving the user a good impression of the distance she has travelled in virtual space. An advantage in comparison to approaches using head mounted augmented reality is that the DAVE allows the users to interact with their smartphone. Thus the effects of different indoor navigation systems can be evaluated already in the planning phase using the resulting system.

Series Name: Berichte aus der Informatik
Publisher: Shaker, Aachen
Uncontrolled Keywords: Business Field: Virtual engineering, Research Area: Confluence of graphics and vision, Forschungsgruppe Semantic Models, Immersive Systems (SMIS), Virtual environments, Navigation systems, Smartphones, Immersive exploration, User interfaces, Virtual reality (VR)
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Interactive Graphics Systems
Event Title: Virtuelle und Erweiterte Realität
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 11:16
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