Your Place And Mine

Virtual reality can help realize mediated social experiences where we interact as richly with those around the world as we do with those in the same room. The design of social virtual experiences presents a challenge for remotely located users with room-scale setups like those afforded by recent commodity virtual reality devices like the HTC Vive. Since users inhabit different physical spaces that may not be the same size, a mapping to a shared virtual space is needed for creating experiences that allow everyone to use real walking for locomotion. This work explores the design of three mapping techniques to support natural interaction in VR. Results from a user study (N = 26) show that the designed mapping techniques influence the perceived degree of togetherness (interacting with other people) and copresence (being in the same space with other people) while the size of each user's tracked space influences individual presence.

Your Place And Mine: Designing a Shared VR Experience for Remotely Located Users. DIS 2018 (To appear).