Strafing gain: A novel redirected walking technique

Christopher You, Evan Suma Rosenberg, Jerald Thomas

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Redirected walking enables natural locomotion in virtual environments that are larger than the user's real world space. However, in complex setups with physical obstacles, existing redirection techniques that were originally designed for empty spaces may be sub-optimal. This poster presents strafing gains, a novel redirected walking technique that can be used to shift the user laterally away from obstacles without disrupting their current orientation. In the future, we plan to conduct a study to identify perceptual detection thresholds and investigate new algorithms that can use strafing gains in combination with other existing redirection techniques to achieve superior obstacle avoidance in complex physical spaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - SUI 2019
Subtitle of host publicationACM Conference on Spatial User Interaction
EditorsStephen N. Spencer
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450369756
StatePublished - Oct 19 2019
Event7th ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction, SUI 2019 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Oct 19 2019Oct 20 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - SUI 2019: ACM Conference on Spatial User Interaction


Conference7th ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction, SUI 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans

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  • Locomotion
  • Navigation
  • Redirected walking
  • Virtual reality


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