Shadow walking: An unencumbered locomotion technique for systems with under-floor projection

Conference Paper

When viewed from below, a user's feet cast shadows onto the floor screen of an under-floor projection system, such as a six-sided CAVE. Tracking those shadows with a camera provides enough information for calculating a user's ground-plane location, foot orientation, and footstep events. We present Shadow Walking, an unencumbered locomotion technique that uses shadow tracking to sense a user's walking direction and step speed. Shadow Walking affords virtual locomotion by detecting if a user is walking in place. In addition, Shadow Walking supports a sidestep gesture, similar to the iPhone's pinch gesture. In this paper, we describe how we implemented Shadow Walking and present a preliminary assessment of our new locomotion technique. We have found Shadow Walking provides advantages of being unencumbered, inexpensive, and easy to implement compared to other walking-in-place approaches. It also has potential for extended gestures and multi-user locomotion. © 2011 IEEE.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zielinski, DJ; McMahan, RP; Brady, RB

Published Date

  • May 25, 2011

Published In

  • Proceedings Ieee Virtual Reality

Start / End Page

  • 167 - 170

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781457700361

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/VR.2011.5759456

Citation Source

  • Scopus