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Merging Environments for Shared Spaces in Mixed Reality

Congdon, BJ; Wang, T; Steed, A; (2018) Merging Environments for Shared Spaces in Mixed Reality. In: Spencer, SN, (ed.) VRST '18 Proceedings of the 24th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology. ACM: New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

In virtual reality a real walking interface limits the extent of a virtual environment to our local walkable space. As local spaces are specific to each user, sharing a virtual environment with others for collaborative work or games becomes complicated. It is not clear which user's walkable space to prefer, or whether that space will be navigable for both users. This paper presents a technique which allows users to interact in virtual reality while each has a different walkable space. With this method mappings are created between pairs of environments. Remote users are then placed in the local environment as determined by the corresponding mapping. A user study was conducted with 38 participants. Pairs of participants were invited to collaborate on a virtual reality puzzle-solving task while in two different virtual rooms. An avatar representing the remote user was mapped into the local user's space. The results suggest that collaborative systems can be based on local representations that are actually quite different.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Merging Environments for Shared Spaces in Mixed Reality
Event: 24th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (ACM VRST), 28th November - 1st December 2018, Tokyo, Japan
Location: Waseda Univ, Tokyo, JAMAICA
Dates: 28 November 2018 - 01 December 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-4503-6086-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3281505.3281544
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3281505.3281544
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: mixed reality, virtual reality, augmented reality, head-mounted display, computer graphics, virtual environments, remote collaboration, virtual co-location, planar map
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073227
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