Virtual Reality

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 271–288 | Cite as

Toward the design of transitional interfaces: an exploratory study on a semi-immersive hybrid user interface

  • Felipe G. Carvalho
  • Daniela G. TrevisanEmail author
  • Alberto Raposo
Original Article


A task that can be decomposed into subtasks with different technological demands may be a challenge, since it requires multiple interactive environments as well as transitions between them. Some of these transitions may involve changes in hardware devices and interface paradigms at the same time. Some previous works have proposed various setups for hybrid user interfaces, but none of them focused on the design of transition interactions. Our work emphasizes the importance of interaction continuity as a guideline in the design and evaluation of transitional interfaces within a hybrid user interface (HUI). Finally, an exploratory study demonstrates how this design aspect is perceived by users during transitions in an HUI composed by three interactive environments.


Transitional interfaces Hybrid user interfaces Continuity properties 



The authors would like to thank all volunteer users who took part in the experiments. Thanks also to Petrobras, the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), and FAPERJ for the financial support of this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felipe G. Carvalho
    • 1
  • Daniela G. Trevisan
    • 2
    Email author
  • Alberto Raposo
    • 3
  1. 1.Computer Graphics Technology Group, TecgrafPontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, PUC-RioRio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Computer InstituteFederal Fluminense UniversityNiteroiBrazil
  3. 3.Department of InformaticsPontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, PUC-RioRio de JaneiroBrazil

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