Virtual Reality

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 49–59 | Cite as

Nonverbal communication interface for collaborative virtual environments

  • A. Guye-Vuillème
  • T. K. Capin
  • S. Pandzic
  • N. Magnenat Thalmann
  • D. Thalmann


Nonverbal communication is an important aspect of real-life face-to-face interaction and one of the most efficient ways to convey emotions, therefore users should be provided the means to replicate it in the virtual world. Because articulated embodiments are well suited to provide body communication in virtual environments, this paper first reviews some of the advantages and disadvantages of complex embodiments. After a brief introduction to nonverbal communication theories, we present our solution, taking into account the practical limitations of input devices and social science aspects. We introduce our sample of actions and implementation using our VLNET (Virtual Life Network) networked virtual environment and discuss the results of an informal evaluation experiment.


Nonverbal communication Embodiments Networked virtual environments Social interaction in virtual environments Emotional feedback 


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© Springer-Verlag London Ltd 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Guye-Vuillème
    • 2
  • T. K. Capin
    • 2
  • S. Pandzic
    • 1
  • N. Magnenat Thalmann
    • 1
  • D. Thalmann
    • 2
  1. 1.MIRALAB-CUIUniversity of GenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Computer Graphics LaboratorySwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyLausanneSwitzerland

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