A Framework for Location-Based VR Applications

  • Post published:October 16, 2020

Lugrin J. L., Kern F., Kleinbeck C., Roth D., Daxer C., Feigl T., Mutschler C., Latoschik M. E.:

GI VR/AR Workshop 2019 (Fulda, 17.09.2019 – 18.09.2019)
In: Gesellschaft für Informatik Virtuelle und Erweiterte Realitat: 16. Workshop der GI-Fachgruppe VR/AR Berichte aus der Informatik (GI VR/AR), Fulda, Germany, 2019.

This paper presents a framework to develop and investigate location-based Virtual Reality (VR) applications. We demonstrate our framework by introducing a novel type of VR museum, designed to support a large number of simultaneous co-located users. These visitors are walking in a hangar-scale tracking zone (600 m2), while sharing a ten times bigger virtual space (7000 m2). Co-located VR applications like this one are opening novel VR perspectives. However, sharing a limitless virtual world using a large, but limited, tracking space is also raising numerous challenges: from financial considerations and techni- cal implementation to interactions and evaluations (e.g., user’s representation, navigation, health & safety, monitoring). How to design, develop and evaluate such a VR system is still an open question. Here, we describe a fully implemented framework with its specific features and performance optimizations. We also illustrate our framework’s viability with a first VR application and discuss its potential benefits for education and future evaluation.

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