The 4th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia
Conference 12-15 December • Exhibition 13-15 December • Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
 

Emerging Technologies

Joyman: An Immersive and Entertaining Interface for Virtual Locomotion

The Joyman is an interface dedicated to navigation across virtual worlds. It is based on the metaphor of a "human-scale joystick". By leaning himself in the corresponding direction, the user controls his virtual locomotion. The Joyman exploits the human sense of balance as a modality for interacting with virtual worlds and provides an entertaining experience with an improved feeling of immersion. Compared to force-platforms (e.g. Wii fit) the Joyman extends the possible range of motion. Based on a simple mechanical design, the device prevents users from falling: they can lean far beyond their normal limits and improve their sensations. Repealing forces assist the user in piloting the device by bringing the user back to the vertical standing position. The Joyman interface meets the requirements of various virtual reality applications, such as the exploration of virtual cities or the review of architectural digital mock-ups. It also extends the scope of entertaining applications and video-games.

Julien Pettre, National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control
Maud Marchal, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées and National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control
Orianne Siret, National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control
Jean-Baptiste de la Rivière, Immersion SAS
Anatole Lecuyer, National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control