Date of Award

5-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Computer Science

Committee Member

Dr. Victor Zordan, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Brian Malloy

Committee Member

Dr. Donald House

Abstract

We present an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) experience through a combination of technologies including a physical rig; a gamelike experience; and a refined physics model with control. At its heart, the core technology introduces the concept of a physics-based communication that allows force-driven interaction to be shared between the player and game entities in the virtual world. Because the framework is generic and extendable, the application supports a myriad of interaction modes, constrained only by the limitations of the physical rig (see Figure 1). To showcase the technology, we demonstrate a locomoting robot placed in an immersive gamelike setting.

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