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A new navigation paradigm for virtual reality: the guided visit through a virtual world

By Jon Azpiazu, Carlos Pedrinaci, Jessica Aguado, Alejandro Garcia-Alonso and Amaia Bernaras

Abstract

The three main navigation paradigms for virtual worlds, i.e., free navigation, automatic tours, and multiuser navigation show important limitations when dealing with guided visits that involve interactive cooperation among several users in 3D virtual worlds over the Internet. In this paper, we present our research into this issue and some important results. We propose a new navigation paradigm denominated guided visit through a virtual world, where the capacity of a user guiding several remote users through the virtual world is enriched with the capacity to dynamically interchange the role of guiding between the connected users. The user that acts as a guide moves freely through the virtual world, and his/her movements are reproduced by the browsers of the other guided users. We also present the architecture and the system we developed that implements this paradigm, as well as its integration in a working realworld application that demonstrates its use

Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:oro.open.ac.uk:28641
Provided by: Open Research Online

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