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Designing Explicit Numeric Input Interfaces for Immersive Virtual Environments

Chen, Jian and Bowman, Doug A. and Wingrave, Chadwick A. and Lucas, John F. (2004) Designing Explicit Numeric Input Interfaces for Immersive Virtual Environments. Technical Report TR-04-13, Computer Science, Virginia Tech.

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User interfaces involving explicit control of numeric values in immersive virtual environments have not been well studied. In the context of designing three-dimensional interaction techniques for the creation of multiple objects, called cloning, we have developed and tested a dynamic slider interface (D-Slider) and a virtual numeric keypad (VKey). Our cloning interface requires precise number input because it allows users to place objects at any location in the environment with a precision of 1/10 unit. The design of the interface focuses on feedback, constraints, and expressiveness. Comparative usability studies have shown that the newly designed user interfaces were easy to use, effective, and had a good quality of interaction. We describe a working prototype of our cloning interface, the iterative design process for D-Slider and V-Key, and lessons learned. Our interfaces can be re-used for any virtual environment interaction tasks requiring explicit numeric input.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:cloning user interface, numeric input, widgets design
Subjects:Computer Science > Virtual Environments
ID Code:690
Deposited By:Administrator, Eprints
Deposited On:29 August 2005