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Joyman: a Human-Scale Joystick for Navigating in Virtual Worlds

Maud Marchal 1 Julien Pettré 2 Anatole Lécuyer 1 
1 VR4I - Virtual Reality for Improved Innovative Immersive Interaction
IRISA - Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires, ENS Cachan - École normale supérieure - Cachan, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
2 MIMETIC - Analysis-Synthesis Approach for Virtual Human Simulation
UR2 - Université de Rennes 2, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique , IRISA-D6 - MEDIA ET INTERACTIONS
Abstract : In this paper, we propose a novel interface called Joyman, designed for immersive locomotion in virtual environments. Whereas many previous interfaces preserve or stimulate the users proprioception, the Joyman aims at preserving equilibrioception in order to improve the feeling of immersion during virtual locomotion tasks. The proposed interface is based on the metaphor of a human-scale joystick. The device has a simple mechanical design that allows a user to indicate his virtual navigation intentions by leaning accordingly. We also propose a control law inspired by the biomechanics of the human locomotion to transform the measured leaning angle into a walking direction and speed - i.e., a virtual velocity vector. A preliminary evaluation was conducted in order to evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of the proposed interface and to better draw the future expectations of such a device.
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Maud Marchal, Julien Pettré, Anatole Lécuyer. Joyman: a Human-Scale Joystick for Navigating in Virtual Worlds. IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces 2011 (3DUI), Mar 2011, Singapour, Singapore. ⟨inria-00567437⟩



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