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An exploration of interaction styles in mobile devices for navigating 3d environments

Large displays are becoming more ubiquitous, but often only present passive information to passerby (e.g., about the 3D layouts and maps of buildings). To improve users' experience, museums and similar places could have a system where users would be able to interactively navigate maps of these public, large buildings to browse quickly what is available and plan their trips so that they are efficient and more enjoyable. Personal touch-based mobile devices can be used effectively as input devices, allowing for opportunistic and serendipitous user interaction. In this paper, we explore the coupling of mobile devices to large displays. We present three interaction styles that enable users to navigate in 3D environments and describe the result of a usability study with the three styles. The results of our study indicate that users prefer a combination of two styles, one supporting discrete, precise motions and the other fluid, continuous movements.

https://doi.org/10.1145/2350046.2350062

Hai-Ning Liang, James Trenchard, Myron Semegen, and Pourang Irani. 2012. An exploration of interaction styles in mobile devices for navigating 3d environments. In Proceedings of the 10th asia pacific conference on Computer human interaction (APCHI '12). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 309–313. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/2350046.2350062

Bibtext Entry

@inproceedings{10.1145/2350046.2350062,
author = {Liang, Hai-Ning and Trenchard, James and Semegen, Myron and Irani, Pourang},
title = {An Exploration of Interaction Styles in Mobile Devices for Navigating 3d Environments},
year = {2012},
isbn = {9781450314961},
publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery},
address = {New York, NY, USA},
url = {https://doi.org/10.1145/2350046.2350062},
doi = {10.1145/2350046.2350062},
abstract = {Large displays are becoming more ubiquitous, but often only present passive information to passerby (e.g., about the 3D layouts and maps of buildings). To improve users' experience, museums and similar places could have a system where users would be able to interactively navigate maps of these public, large buildings to browse quickly what is available and plan their trips so that they are efficient and more enjoyable. Personal touch-based mobile devices can be used effectively as input devices, allowing for opportunistic and serendipitous user interaction. In this paper, we explore the coupling of mobile devices to large displays. We present three interaction styles that enable users to navigate in 3D environments and describe the result of a usability study with the three styles. The results of our study indicate that users prefer a combination of two styles, one supporting discrete, precise motions and the other fluid, continuous movements.},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 10th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction},
pages = {309–313},
numpages = {5},
keywords = {large displays, mobile devices, 3d navigation, interaction techniques, virtual environments},
location = {Matsue-city, Shimane, Japan},
series = {APCHI '12}
}

Authors

Pourang Irani

Pourang Irani

Professor
Canada Research Chair