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Visual navigation structures in collaborative virtual environments
Author(s): Margaret Dolinsky
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Paper Abstract

The international Grid, or the iGrid, is a fertile ground for exploring levels of sensorial communication, visual metaphors and navigation strategies. This paper seeks to answer the following questions: What is the iGrid? What does it mean to share a collaborative virtual environment (CVE)? What implications does sharing CVEs have for communication? What are visual navigation strategies across a high performance high-speed network? How can art shape experience in a technological world? Networking virtual environments via the iGrid establishes a performance theater where academics and researchers create dialogues between disciplines. CVEs synergize towards a new dimension of literacy where knowledge is presented as abstract visual engagement. In CVEs, the visuals act as three dimensional navigation icons that can symbolize a choice to be made, a direction to consider or a sequence in a narrative. The user's ability to influence events and receive feedback from the environment through sensorial stimulation enhances the level of immersion. Art CVEs function across the network based on aesthetic style, engagement, levels of interaction and the quality of audio immersion. A level of plasticity, or malleability, is required in CVEs to encourage participants to become directly involved with understanding and realizing the environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5291, Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems XI, (21 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.527305
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Margaret Dolinsky, Indiana Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5291:
Stereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems XI
Mark T. Bolas; Andrew J. Woods; John O. Merritt; Stephen A. Benton, Editor(s)

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