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Short Paper: Towards Interacting with Force-Sensitive Thin Deformable Virtual Objects

Hummel, Johannes and Wolff, Robin and Dodiya, Janki and Gerndt, Andreas and Kuhlen, Torsten (2012) Short Paper: Towards Interacting with Force-Sensitive Thin Deformable Virtual Objects. In: ICAT/EGVE/EuroVR, 2012, pp. 17-20. Eurographics Association. Joint Virtual Reality Conference of ICAT - EGVE - EuroVR (2012), 2012-10-17 - 2012-10-19, Madrid, Spain. doi: 10.2312/EGVE/JVRC12/017-020. ISBN 978-3-905674-40-8.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2312/EGVE/JVRC12/017-020


The selection of the right input devices for 3D interaction methods is important for a successful VR system. While natural direct interaction is often preferred, research has shown that indirect interaction can be beneficial. This paper focuses on an immersive simulation and training environment, in which one sub-task it is to carefully grasp and move a force-sensitive thin deformable foil without damaging it. In order to ensure transfer of training it was necessary to inform the user of the fact of gentle grasping and moving the foil. We explore the potential of three simple and light-weight interaction methods that each map interaction to a virtual hand in a distinct way. We used a standard tracked joystick with an indirect mapping, a standard finger tracking device with direct mapping based on finger position, and a novel enhanced finger tracking device, which additionally allowed pinch force input. The results of our summative user study show that the task performance did not show a significant difference among the three interaction methods. The simple position based mapping using finger tracking was most preferred, although the enhanced finger tracking device with direct force input offered the most natural interaction mapping. Our findings show that both a direct and indirect input method have potential to interact with force-sensitive thin deformable objects, while the direct method is preferred.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/79471/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Title:Short Paper: Towards Interacting with Force-Sensitive Thin Deformable Virtual Objects
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hummel, JohannesGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wolff, RobinGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dodiya, JankiGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gerndt, AndreasGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kuhlen, TorstenVirtual Reality Group, RWTH Aachen University, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:17 October 2012
Journal or Publication Title:ICAT/EGVE/EuroVR
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 17-20
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Publisher:Eurographics Association
Series Name:ICAT/EGVE/EuroVR
Keywords:Systems and Software, Performance evaluation, Three-Dimensional Graphics and Realism, Virtual Reality, Interaction, Force-Sensitive, Deformable, Virtual Objects
Event Title:Joint Virtual Reality Conference of ICAT - EGVE - EuroVR (2012)
Event Location:Madrid, Spain
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:17 October 2012
Event End Date:19 October 2012
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt On-Orbit Verification (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institut of Simulation and Software Technology
Institut of Simulation and Software Technology > Software for Space Systems and Interactive Visualisation
Deposited By: Hummel, Johannes Wolfgang
Deposited On:13 Dec 2012 15:53
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 19:45

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