ZoomWalls: Dynamic walls that simulate haptic infrastructure for room-scale VR world

Yan Yixian, Kazuki Takashima, Anthony Tang, Takayuki Tanno, Kazuyuki Fujita, Yoshifumi Kitamura

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Abstract

We focus on the problem of simulating the haptic infrastructure of a virtual environment (i.e. walls, doors). Our approach relies on multiple ZoomWalls - -autonomous robotic encounter-type haptic wall-shaped props - -that coordinate to provide haptic feedback for room-scale virtual reality. Based on a user's movement through the physical space, ZoomWall props are coordinated through a predict-and-dispatch architecture to provide just-in-time haptic feedback for objects the user is about to touch. To refine our system, we conducted simulation studies of different prediction algorithms, which helped us to refine our algorithmic approach to realize the physical ZoomWall prototype. Finally, we evaluated our system through a user experience study, which showed that participants found that ZoomWalls increased their sense of presence in the VR environment. ZoomWalls represents an instance of autonomous mobile reusable props, which we view as an important design direction for haptics in VR.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2020 - Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages223-235
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375146
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Oct 20
Event33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 2020 Oct 202020 Oct 23

Publication series

NameUIST 2020 - Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Conference

Conference33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2020
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period20/10/2020/10/23

Keywords

  • Encountered-type haptic devices
  • Immersive experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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