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Possible applications of the LEAP motion controller for more interactive simulated experiments in augmented or virtual reality

Paper Abstract

Practical exercises are a crucial part of many curricula. Even simple exercises can improve the understanding of the underlying subject. Most experimental setups require special hardware. To carry out e. g. a lens experiments the students need access to an optical bench, various lenses, light sources, apertures and a screen. In our previous publication we demonstrated the use of augmented reality visualization techniques in order to let the students prepare with a simulated experimental setup. Within the context of our intended blended learning concept we want to utilize augmented or virtual reality techniques for stationary laboratory exercises. Unlike applications running on mobile devices, stationary setups can be extended more easily with additional interfaces and thus allow for more complex interactions and simulations in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). The most significant difference is the possibility to allow interactions beyond touching a screen. The LEAP Motion controller is a small inexpensive device that allows for the tracking of the user’s hands and fingers in three dimensions. It is conceivable to allow the user to interact with the simulation’s virtual elements by the user’s very hand position, movement and gesture. In this paper we evaluate possible applications of the LEAP Motion controller for simulated experiments in augmented and virtual reality. We pay particular attention to the devices strengths and weaknesses and want to point out useful and less useful application scenarios.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2016
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9946, Optics Education and Outreach IV, 99460P (27 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237673
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Wozniak, Offenburg Univ. (Germany)
Oliver Vauderwange, Offenburg Univ. (Germany)
Avikarsha Mandal, Offenburg Univ. (Germany)
Nicolas Javahiraly, Univ. of Strasbourg (France)
Dan Curticapean, Offenburg Univ. (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9946:
Optics Education and Outreach IV
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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