Generic control interface for networked haptic virtual environments
Ramsamy, P., Haffegee, A. and Alexandrov, V. (2007) Generic control interface for networked haptic virtual environments. In: 7th International Conference on Computational Science (ICCS 2007), Beijing, China.
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As Virtual Reality pushes the boundaries of the human computer interface new ways of interaction are emerging. One such technology is the integration of haptic interfaces (force-feedback devices) into virtual environments. This modality offers an improved sense of immersion to that achieved when relying only on audio and visual modalities. The paper introduces some of the technical obstacles such as latency and network traffic that need to be overcome for maintaining a high degree of immersion during haptic tasks. The paper describes the advantages of integrating haptic feedback into systems, and presents some of the technical issues inherent in a networked haptic virtual environment. A generic control interface has been developed to seamlessly mesh with existing networked VR development libraries.