ShareSpace: Facilitating shared use of the physical space by both VR head-mounted display and external users

Keng Ta Yang, Chiu Hsuan Wang, Li-Wwei Chan

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Abstract

Currently, “walkable” virtual reality (VR) is achieved by dedicating a room-sized space for VR activities, which is not shared with non-HMD users engaged in their own activities. To achieve the goal of allowing shared use of space for all users while overcoming the obvious difficulty of integrating use with those immersed in a VR experience, we present ShareSpace, a system that allows external users to communicate their needs for physical space to those wearing an HMD and immersed in their VR experience. ShareSpace works by allowing external users to place “shields” in the virtual environment by using a set of physical shield tools. A pad visualizer helps this process by allowing external users to examine the arrangement of virtual shields. We also discuss interaction techniques that minimize the interference between the respective activities of the HMD wearers and the other users of the same physical space. To evaluate our design, a user study was conducted to collect user feedback from participants in four trial scenarios. The results indicate that our ShareSpace system allows users to perform their respective activities with improved engagement and safety. In addition, this study shows that while the HMD users did perceive a considerable degree of interference due to the internal visual indications from the ShareSpace system, they were still more engaged in their VR experience than when interrupted by direct external physical interference initiated by external users.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2018 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages499-509
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359481
DOIs
StatePublished - 11 Oct 2018
Event31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2018 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 14 Oct 201817 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameUIST 2018 - Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Conference

Conference31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2018
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period14/10/1817/10/18

Keywords

  • External users experience
  • Shared use of physical space
  • Virtual reality

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