PhyShare: Sharing Physical Interaction in Virtual Reality

PhyShare: Sharing Physical Interaction in Virtual Reality

Zhenyi He, Fengyuan Zhu, and Ken Perlin. 2017. PhyShare: Sharing Physical Interaction in Virtual Reality. In Adjunct Publication of the 30th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 17-19. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3131785.3131795

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Author(s): Zhenyi He, Fengyuan Zhu, Ken Perlin

We present PhyShare, a new haptic user interface based on actuated robots. Virtual reality has recently been gaining wide adoption, and an effective haptic feedback in these scenarios can strongly support user’s sensory in bridging virtual and physical world. Since participants do not directly observe these robotic proxies, we investigate the multiple mappings between physical robots and virtual proxies that can utilize the resources needed to provide a well rounded VR experience. PhyShare bots can act either as directly touchable objects or invisible carriers of physical objects, depending on different scenarios. They also support distributed collaboration, allowing remotely located VR collaborators to share the same physical feedback.