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J. Ardouin, A. Lecuyer, M. Marchal, E. Marchand. Navigating in Virtual Environments with 360o Omnidirectional Rendering. In IEEE Symp. on 3D User Interfaces, 3DUI 2013, Pages 95-98, Orlando, USA, March 2013.

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Typical field-of-view (fov) of visual feedback in virtual reality applications is generally limited. In some cases, e.g. in videogames, the provided fov can be artificially increased, using simple perspective projection methods. In this paper, we design and evaluate different visualization techniques, inspired by the cartography domain, for navigating in virtual environments (VE) with a 360 horizontal fov of the scene. We have conducted an evaluation of different methods compared to a rendering method of reference, i.e. a perspective projection, in a basic navigation task. Our results confirm that using any omnidirectional rendering method could lead to more efficient navigation in terms of average task completion time. Among the different 360 projection methods, the subjective preference was significantly given to a cylindrical projection method (equirectangular). Taken together, our results suggest that omnidirectional rendering could be used in virtual reality applications in which fast navigation or full and rapid visual exploration are important. They pave the way to novel kinds of visual cues and visual rendering methods in virtual reality


Maud Marchal
Eric Marchand

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   Author = {Ardouin, J. and Lecuyer, A. and Marchal, M. and Marchand, E.},
   Title = {Navigating in Virtual Environments with 360o Omnidirectional Rendering},
   BookTitle = {IEEE Symp. on 3D User Interfaces, 3DUI 2013},
   Pages = {95--98},
   Address = {Orlando, USA},
   Month = {March},
   Year = {2013}

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