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An Intuitive VR User Interface For Design Review

: Knöpfle, C.; Voß, G.


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Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interface, AVI 2000. Proceedings
New York: ACM Press, 2000
ISBN: 1-58113-252-2
Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interface (AVI)<2000, Palermo>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
virtual reality; user interface; design review; interaction

In today's automotive industry there is an increasing demand for VR technology, because it provides the possibility to switch from cost and time insensitive physical mock up's (PMU) to digital mock up's (DMU). Unfortunately many current VR applications are either limited in the way people can interact with them, or provide a large set of functions, which are hard to use. In this paper we present the design of a VR user interface for applications in the area of digital design review. The basic requirements of such an UI are the ease of use, and the ability to work simultaneosly with a group of people on one system. Furthermore we investigate the functional requirements for this kind of application, including navigation, manipulation, examination and documentation of flaws in the design of the models. Documentation is stored as HTML and could therefore be easily transmitted between different parties. The design of the user interface is based on the basic interaction tasks (BIT's), introduced by Foley et. al., which allow to build complex functionality on top of only a few interaction metaphors. Finally we evaluate the concept on a prototype implementation, done in cooperation with BMW AG.