Hey everyone, for anyone who is interested in technical papers and interesting research, there is a lot of work being done on something called Redirected Walking. It is a method where the user is fooled into thinking they have just walked 200 meters forward in a 20mx20m space ... Very interesting read and there are tonnes of papers on it on the net.Excerpt:
"Redirected Walking, a new interactive locomotion technique for virtual environments (VEs), captures the
benefits of real walking while extending the possible size of the VE. Real walking, although natural and
producing a high subjective sense of presence, limits virtual environments to the size of the tracked space.
Redirected Walking addresses this limitation by interactively and imperceptibly rotating the virtual scene
about the user. The rotation causes the user to walk continually toward the furthest wall of the lab without
noticing the rotation. We implemented the technique using stereo graphics and 3D spatialized audio.
Observations during a pilot study suggest that the technique works: Redirected Walking causes people to
change their real walking direction without noticing it, allows for larger VEs, and does not induce
appreciable simulator sickness. "
Here is an interesting one (quoted above) to get you started: http://www.cs.unc.edu/techreports/01-007.pdf
Also a cool vid from tested on VR research:
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