Bobby Bodenheimer





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Vanderbilt University, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science



Navigational Search in VR: Do we need to walk?

Do we need full physical motions for effective navigation through Virtual Environments? Recent results suggest that translations might not be as important as previously believed, which could enable us to reduce overall simulation effort and cost Physical rotations and translations are the basic constituents of navigation behavior, yet there is mixed evidence about their relative importance for co...


Riecke, B., Bodenheimer, B., McNamara, T., Williams, B., Peng, P., & Feuereissen, D. (2010). Do We Need to Walk for Effective Virtual Reality Navigation? Physical Rotations Alone May Suffice. In C. Hölscher, T. Shipley, M. Olivetti Belardinelli, J. Bateman, & N. Newcombe (Eds.), Spatial Cognition VII (Vol. 6222, pp. 234–247). Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. Retrieved from doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-14749-4_21
Peng, P., Riecke, B. E., Williams, B., McNamara, T. P., & Bodenheimer, B. (2008). Navigation modes in virtual environments: walking vs. joystick. In Proceedings of the 5th symposium on Applied perception in graphics and visualization (p. 192).
Bodenheimer, B., Feuereissen, D., Williams, B., Peng, P., McNamara, T., & Riecke, B. (2009). Locomotion for navigation in virtual environments: Walking, turning, and joystick modalities compared. Journal of Vision, 9(8), 1126.