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Evaluating the Usability of Pinchigator, a system for Navigating Virtual Worlds using Pinch GlovesAppropriate design of two dimensional user interfaces (2D U/I) utilizing the well known WIMP (Window, Icon, Menu, Pointing device) environment for computer software is well studied and guidance can be found in several standards. Three-dimensional U/I design is not nearly so mature as 2D U/I, and standards bodies have not reached consensus on what makes a usable interface. This is especially true when the tools for interacting with the virtual environment may include stereo viewing, real time trackers and pinch gloves instead of just a mouse & keyboard. Over the last several years the authors have created a 3D U/I system dubbed Pinchigator for navigating virtual worlds based on the dVise dV/Mockup visualization software, Fakespace Pinch Gloves and Pohlemus trackers. The current work is to test the usability of the system on several virtual worlds, suggest improvements to increase Pinchigator s usability, and then to generalize about what was learned and how those lessons might be applied to improve other 3D U/I systems.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hamilton, George S. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Brookman, Stephen (Maryland Univ. College Park, MD, United States)
Dumas, Joseph D. II (Tennessee Univ. Chattanooga, TN, United States)
Tilghman, Neal (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Subject Category
Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Meeting Information
Huntsville Simulation Conference(Huntsville, AL)
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