Brown Bag: Jon Kelly, Iowa State University
Title: Spatial Cognitive Implications of Teleporting Through Virtual Environments
Affiliation: Iowa State University, Department of Psychology and Human Computer Interaction graduate program
Abstract: The most natural way to explore a virtual environment is to walk and turn, but physical walking is often not possible due to technological limitations and space limitations. Therefore, teleporting has become a popular interface, whereby the user points a virtual laser pointer to the desired location in the virtual environment and is then directly transported to that location. However, teleporting lacks self-motion cues normally associated with walking, and these cues are known to support certain aspects of navigation. I will describe several experiments which evaluate the effects of teleporting on navigation and identify ways to help users stay oriented when teleporting.