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VRoom - Room-based Multi-modal User Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000008422D
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-13

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Abstract

Room-based Multi-modal User Interface", or the "V-Room", addresses the issue of a next-generation common operating picture by creating a three-dimensional virtual room in which to run and interact with applications. This research tries to answer if a three-dimensional, social and human environment is more effective than a two-dimensional computer desktop for people attempting to filter and absorb large quantities of information from a variety of sources. The room is a virtual environment, in which applications such as web browsers or data feeds can be placed on the walls around the user. The user may interact with these applications using their original native input mechanisms (typing, clicking) so that these applications require no additional learning for the user. The intent is to run both local and remote applications in the room environment. The room may also contain customized two-dimensional applications (placed on the walls) or three-dimensional applications (placed on the floor) such as a virtual-style sand table. The user may navigate around the room by using a standard keyboard and mouse input. The virtual room provides a framework for a work environment that can be tailored to suit any domain, including a graphical front end to an intelligent agent who can be configured to filter information, provide alerts or tasked to accomplish domain specific jobs. VRoom technology is based on the premise that a three-dimensional, social and human environment is more effective than a two-dimensional computer desktop for people trying to filter and absorb large quantities of information from a variety of sources. VRoom creates a flexible three-dimensional virtual room in which a computer user can run multiple applications and interact with them by placing the applications on the "walls" of the room. VRoom's architecture supports adding new data sources to its environment, custom 3-D visualization components can be seamlessly integrated, and an intelligent software agent can be configured to filter information, provide alerts or be tasked with accomplishing domain specific jobs. It's most comprehensive visual system, referred to as the Sand Table, has the ability to translate a two-dimensional map into a three-dimensional viewing tool. VRoom technology has commercial and military applications.