Metaphor-aware 3D navigation

Russo dos Santos, Cristina; Gros, Pascal;Abel, Pierre;Loisel, Didier;Trichaud, Nicolas; Paris, Jean-Pierre
INFOVIS 2000, IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, October 9-10, 2000, Salt Lake City, USA

Anyone who has ever experienced three-dimensional

(3D) interfaces will agree that navigating in a 3D world

is not a trivial task. The user interface of traditional 3D

browsers provides simple navigation tools that allow the

user to modify the camera parameters such as orientation,

position and focal. Using these tools, it is frequent that, after

some movements, the user is lost in the virtual 3D space

and usually tries to restart from the beginning.

This paper presents how the 3D navigation problem is

addressed in the context of the CyberNet project [2]. Our

underlying principle is to help the user navigate by adapting

the navigation tool to the virtual world. We feel that the

navigation schemes provided by the 3D browsers are too

generic for some specific 3D tools and we have developed

adaptive navigation features that are dependent on the 3D

metaphor used for visualizing the information and on the

user's task.



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