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The Magic Barrier Tape: A Novel Metaphor for Infinite Navigation in Virtual Worlds With a Restricted Walking Workspace

Date Added: Nov 2009
Format: PDF

In most virtual reality simulations the virtual world is larger than the real walking workspace. The workspace is often bounded by the tracking area or the display devices. This paper describes a novel interaction metaphor called the Magic Barrier Tape, which allows a user to navigate in a potentially infinite virtual scene while confined to a restricted walking workspace. The technique relies on the barrier tape metaphor and it's "Do Not Cross" implicit message by surrounding the walking workspace with a virtual barrier tape in the scene.