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Staff / Wand that Represents Actions of Users in a Virtual Reality

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122865D
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Redpath, SD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

There is no quick method of showing the possible actions on an object in a three dimensional / virtual reality world. With traditional methods a pop-up or pull-down showing the possible actions is displayed, unfortunately, such pop-ups and pull-downs are incompatible with the real-world metaphor of virtual reality.

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Staff / Wand that Represents Actions of Users in a Virtual Reality

      There is no quick method of showing the possible actions on an
object in a three dimensional / virtual reality world.  With
traditional methods a pop-up or pull-down showing the possible
actions is displayed,  unfortunately, such pop-ups and pull-downs are
incompatible with the real-world metaphor of virtual reality.

      This disclosure proposes a wrist band with individual links
that represents the possible actions that can be taken with different
objects that one want to interact with in the three dimensional
world.  Each link would represent an action that can be taken with
that object.  Each link in the wrist band would have a glyph/icon
representing the action that could be taken.  The links would be
dim/highlighted as the user interacts with appropriate objects.

      If the wrist band is removed from the wrist, it converts to a
staff/rod with individual sections (bands on the rod) showing the
glyphs that the user can still work with.

      If the user presses the top of the staff/rod, pop-out labels
show the list of actions that can be performed by the user / holder
of the staff/rod (similar to a pop-up context menu).

      Because this solution is a naturalistic method of representing
actions, it is superior to current solutions which impose computer
metaphors.  Computer metaphors interrupt the suspension of belief
that the user is actually present in the virtual...