Virtual Reality

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 24–30 | Cite as

Interaction with co-located haptic feedback in virtual reality

Original Article

Abstract

This paper outlines a study into the effects of co-location (the term ‘co-location’ is used throughout to refer to the co-location of haptic and visual sensory modes, except where otherwise specified) of haptic and visual sensory modes in VR simulations. The study hypothesis is that co-location of these sensory modes will lead to improved task performance within a VR environment. Technical challenges and technological limitations are outlined prior to a description of the implementation adopted for this study. Experiments were conducted to evaluate the effect on user performance of co-located haptics (force feedback) in a 3D virtual environment. Results show that co-location is an important factor, and when coupled with haptic feedback the performance of the user is greatly improved.

Keywords

Haptics Co-location 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Deepti Narwani and Emanuele Ruffaldi for their help in the current study. The work presented in this paper was partially funded by the collaborative European project PUREFROM (IST-2000-29580), a 3-year RTD project funded by the 5th Framework Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme of the European Union.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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