Redirected walking (RDW) aims to reduce the collisions in the physical space for VR applications. However, most of the previous RDW methods do not consider future possibilities of collisions after imperceptibly redirecting users. In this paper, we combine the subtle RDW methods and reset strategy in our method design and propose a novel solution for RDW that can make better use of physical space and trigger fewer resets. The key idea of our method is to discretize the representation of possible user positions and orientations by a series of standard poses and rate them based on the possibilities of hitting obstacles of their reachable poses. A transfer path algorithm is proposed to measure the accessibility among standard poses and is used to support the calculation of the scores of standard poses. Using our method, the user can be redirected imperceptibly to the optimal pose with the best score among all the reachable poses from the user’s current pose during walking. Experiments demonstrate that our method outperforms state-of-the-art methods in various environment sizes and obstacle layouts.
Sen-Zhe XuYMCS, Tsinghua UniverisityJia-Hong LiuDepartment of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua UniverisityMiao WangSchool of Computer Science and Engineering, Beihang UniversityFang-Lue ZhangSchool of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of WellingtonSong-Hai ZhangDepartment of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University
With the recent rise of Metaverse, online multiplayer VR applications are becoming increasingly prevalent worldwide. Allowing users to move easily in virtual environments is crucial for high-quality experiences in such collaborative VR applications. This paper focuses on redirected walking technology (RDW) to allow users to move beyond the confines of the limited physical environments (PE). The existing RDW methods lack the scheme to coordinate multiple users in different PEs, and thus have the issue of triggering too many resets for all the users. We propose a novel multi-user RDW method that is able to significantly reduce the overall reset number and give users a better immersive experience by providing a more continuous exploration. Our key idea is to first find out the ”bottleneck” user that may cause all users to be reset and estimate the time to reset, and then redirect all the users to favorable poses during that maximized bottleneck time to ensure the subsequent resets can be postponed as much as possible. More particularly, we develop methods to estimate the time of possibly encountering obstacles and the reachable area for a specific pose to enable the prediction of the next reset caused by any user. Our experiments and user study found that our method outperforms existing RDW methods in online VR applications.