VR Safari park: A concept-based world building interface using blocks and world tree

Shotaro Ichikawa, Anthony Tang, Kazuki Takashima, Yoshifumi Kitamura

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Abstract

We present a concept-based world building approach, realized in a system called VR Safari Park, which allows users to rapidly create and manipulate a world simulation. Conventional world building tools focus on the manipulation and arrangement of entities to set up the simulation, which is time consuming as it requires frequent view and entity manipulations. Our approach focuses on a far simpler mechanic, where users add virtual blocks which represent world entities (e.g. animals, terrain, weather, etc.) to a World Tree, which represents the simulation. In so doing, the World Tree provides a quick overview of the simulation, and users can easily set up scenarios in the simulation without having to manually perform fine-grain manipulations on world entities. A preliminary user study found that the proposed interface is effective and usable for novice users without prior immersive VR experience.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - VRST 2018
Subtitle of host publication24th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology
EditorsStephen N. Spencer
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450360869
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 28
Event24th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST 2018 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2018 Nov 282018 Dec 1

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST

Other

Other24th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST 2018
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period18/11/2818/12/1

Keywords

  • Concept-based modeling
  • Entertainment
  • Interaction design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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    Ichikawa, S., Tang, A., Takashima, K., & Kitamura, Y. (2018). VR Safari park: A concept-based world building interface using blocks and world tree. In S. N. Spencer (Ed.), Proceedings - VRST 2018: 24th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology [3281517] (Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology, VRST). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3281505.3281517