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  CyberWalk: Enabling unconstrained omnidirectional walking through virtual environments

Souman, J., Robuffo Giordano, P., Schwaiger, M., Frissen, I., Thümmel, T., Ulbrich, H., et al. (2011). CyberWalk: Enabling unconstrained omnidirectional walking through virtual environments. ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 8(4): 25, pp. 1-22. doi:10.1145/2043603.2043607.

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Souman, JL1, 2, 3, Author              
Robuffo Giordano, P1, 3, Author              
Schwaiger, M, Author
Frissen, I, Author              
Thümmel, T, Author
Ulbrich, H, Author
De Luca , A, Author
Bülthoff, HH1, 3, Author              
Ernst, M2, 3, Author              
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1Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497797              
2Research Group Multisensory Perception and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497806              
3Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: Despite many recent developments in Virtual Reality, an effective locomotion interface which allows for normal walking through large virtual environments was still lacking until recently. Here, we describe the new CyberWalk omnidirectional treadmill system, which makes it possible for users to walk endlessly in any direction, while never leaving the confines of the limited walking surface. The treadmill system improves on previous designs, both in its mechanical features and in the control system employed to keep users close to the centre of the treadmill. As a result, users are able to start walking, vary their walking speed and direction, and stop walking like they would on a normal, stationary surface. The treadmill system was validated in two experiments, in which both the walking behaviour and the performance in a basic spatial updating task were compared to that during normal overground walking. The results suggest that walking on the CyberWalk treadmill is very close to normal walking, especially after some initial familiarization. Moreover, we did not find a detrimental effect of treadmill walking in the spatial updating task. The CyberWalk system constitutes a significant step forward to bringing the real world into the laboratory or workplace.

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 Dates: 2011-11
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1145/2043603.2043607
BibTex Citekey: SoumanRSFTUDBE2011
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Title: ACM Transactions on Applied Perception
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Publ. Info: New York, NY : Association for Computing Machinery
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 8 (4) Sequence Number: 25 Start / End Page: 1 - 22 Identifier: ISSN: 1544-3558
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/111056648028200