Exploring Configurations for Multi-user Communication in Virtual Reality

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PubDate: Nov 2019

Teams: New York University

Writers: Zhenyi He, Karl Rosenberg, Ken Perlin

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Virtual Reality (VR) enables users to collaborate while exploring scenarios not realizable in the physical world. We propose CollabVR, a distributed multi-user collaboration environment, to explore how digital content improves expression and understanding of ideas among groups. To achieve this, we designed and examined three possible configurations for participants and shared manipulable objects. In configuration (1), participants stand side-by-side. In (2), participants are positioned across from each other, mirrored face-to-face. In (3), called “eyes-free,” participants stand side-by-side looking at a shared display, and draw upon a horizontal surface. We also explored a “telepathy” mode, in which participants could see from each other’s point of view. We implemented “3DSketch” visual objects for participants to manipulate and move between virtual content boards in the environment. To evaluate the system, we conducted a study in which four people at a time used each of the three configurations to cooperate and communicate ideas with each other. We have provided experimental results and interview responses.