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Tangi: Tangible Proxies for Embodied Object Exploration and Manipulation in Virtual Reality

Feick, M; Bateman, S; Tang, A; Miede, A; Marquardt, N; (2020) Tangi: Tangible Proxies for Embodied Object Exploration and Manipulation in Virtual Reality. In: Proceedings of 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR). (pp. pp. 195-206). IEEE: Recife/Porto de Galinhas, Brazil. Green open access

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Abstract

Exploring and manipulating complex virtual objects is challenging due to limitations of conventional controllers and free-hand interaction techniques. We present the TanGi toolkit which enables novices to rapidly build physical proxy objects using Composable Shape Primitives. TanGi also provides Manipulators allowing users to build objects including movable parts, making them suitable for rich object exploration and manipulation in VR. With a set of different use cases and applications we show the capabilities of the TanGi toolkit and evaluate its use. In a study with 16 participants, we demonstrate that novices can quickly build physical proxy objects using the Composable Shape Primitives and explore how different levels of object embodiment affect virtual object exploration. In a second study with 12 participants we evaluate TanGi’s Manipulators and investigate the effectiveness of embodied interaction. Findings from this study show that TanGi’s proxies outperform traditional controllers and were generally favored by participants.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Tangi: Tangible Proxies for Embodied Object Exploration and Manipulation in Virtual Reality
Event: 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/ISMAR50242.2020.00042
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1109/ISMAR50242.2020.00042
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: Virtual Reality; Tangible Interfaces; VR Object Exploration and Manipulation; Tangible Proxy Objects
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/10120845
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