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Abstract

We present a new approach to the integration of input devices into virtual environment software systems. Our approach employs a so-called Mapper module as an intermediate between input device drivers and virtual environment application. Major advantages of our approach are full device-independence, including the easy integration of new input devices and emulation of missing device capabilities, interactive reconfiguration, sharing of input devices among multiple applications, automatic selection of devices and interaction appropriate for the task, and high-level support for a large variety of navigation styles in virtual environments.

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@techreport{Faisstnauer-1997-DINIVE,
  title =      "Device-Independent Navigation and Interaction in Virtual    
                           Environments",
  author =     "Christian Faisstnauer and Dieter Schmalstieg and Zsolt
               Szalav\'{a}ri",
  year =       "1997",
  abstract =   "We present a new approach to the integration of input
               devices into virtual environment software systems. Our
               approach employs a so-called Mapper module as an
               intermediate between input device drivers and virtual
               environment application. Major advantages of our approach
               are full device-independence, including the easy integration
               of new input devices and emulation of missing device
               capabilities, interactive reconfiguration, sharing of input
               devices among multiple applications, automatic selection of
               devices and interaction appropriate for the task, and
               high-level support for a large variety of navigation styles
               in virtual environments.",
  month =      aug,
  number =     "TR-186-2-97-15",
  address =    "Favoritenstrasse 9-11/E193-02, A-1040 Vienna, Austria",
  institution = "Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms, Vienna
               University of Technology ",
  note =       "human contact: technical-report@cg.tuwien.ac.at",
  keywords =   "user interface, virtual environments, devices",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/1997/Faisstnauer-1997-DINIVE/",
}