Demonstrating VRBox: A Virtual Reality Augmented Sandbox

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PubDate: May 2019

Teams: University of Bremen

Writers: Dmitry Alexandrovsky, Tanja Döring, Susanne Putze, Thomas Fröhlich, Timo Stabbert, Rainer Malaka

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We present VRBox–an interactive sandbox for playful and immersive terraforming that combines the approach of augmented sandboxes with virtual reality technology and mid-air gestures. Our interactive demonstration offers a virtual reality (VR) environment containing a landscape, which the user designs via interacting with real sand while wearing a VR head-mounted display (HMD). Whereas real sandboxes have been used with augmented reality before, our approach using sand in VR offers novel and original interactive features such as exploring the sand landscape from a first person perspective. In this demo, users can experience our VR-sandbox system consisting of a box with sand, multiple Kinect depth sensing, an HMD, and hand tracking, as well as an interactive world simulation.