Locomotion Interface for Virtual Environments

  • Hiroo Iwata


This paper presents a new locomotion interface device for walking about in virtual space. Traveling on foot is the most intuitive way for locomotion. The Virtual Perambulator, in which a walker wares sliding device on the feet, was an solution of the early stage. Then we have developed the Torus Treadmill that provides an infinite surface driven by actuators. We selected a torus-shaped surface to realize the locomotion interface. The device employs twelve sets of treadmills. These treadmills are connected side-by-side and driven in perpendicular direction. The effect of infinite surface is generated by the motion of the treadmills. The walker can go in any direction while his/her position remains localized in the real world. The GaitMaster is the newest method for locomotion interface. The device is composed of a turntable with two motion-base. Each motion-base is attached to the feet and simulates uneven surface of virtual environments.


Virtual Reality Virtual Environment Virtual Space Uneven Surface Motion Platform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroo Iwata
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  1. 1.Institute of Engineering Mechanics and SystemsUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan

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