Transitional environments enhance distance perception in immersive virtual reality systems

Frank Steinicke, Gerd Bruder, Klaus Hinrichs, Markus Lappe, Brian Ries, Victoria Interrante

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Abstract

Several experiments have provided evidence that ego-centric distances are perceived as compressed in immersive virtual environments relative to the real world. The principal factors responsible for this phenomenon have remained largely unknown. However, recent experiments suggest that when the virtual environment (VE) is an exact replica of a user's real physical surroundings, the person's distance perception improves. Furthermore, it has been shown that when users start their virtual reality (VR) experience in such a virtual replica and then gradually transition to a different VE, their sense of presence in the actual virtual world increases significantly. In this case the virtual replica serves as a transitional environment between the real and virtual world. In this paper we examine whether a person's distance estimation skills can be transferred from a transitional environment to a different VE. We have conducted blind walking experiments to analyze if starting the VR experience in a transitional environment can improve a person's ability to estimate distances in an immersive VR system. We found that users significantly improve their distance estimation skills when they enter the virtual world via a transitional environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - APGV 2009
Subtitle of host publicationSymposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization
Pages19-26
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 27 2009
EventAPGV 2009: Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization - Chania, Crete, Greece
Duration: Sep 30 2009Oct 2 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - APGV 2009: Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization

Other

OtherAPGV 2009: Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization
CountryGreece
CityChania, Crete
Period9/30/0910/2/09

Keywords

  • Distance estimation
  • Transitional environment
  • Virtual reality

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    Steinicke, F., Bruder, G., Hinrichs, K., Lappe, M., Ries, B., & Interrante, V. (2009). Transitional environments enhance distance perception in immersive virtual reality systems. In Proceedings - APGV 2009: Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization (pp. 19-26). (Proceedings - APGV 2009: Symposium on Applied Perception in Graphics and Visualization). https://doi.org/10.1145/1620993.1620998