Title

THE "SILK CURSOR": INVESTIGATING TRANSPARENCY FOR 3D TARGET ACQUISITION

Published in

CHI'94: Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Boston, Massachusetts USA, April 24-28, 1994

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Abstract

This study investigates dynamic 3D target acquisition. The focus is on the relative effect of specific perceptual cues. A novel technique is introduced and we report on an experiment that evaluates its effectiveness.

There are two aspects to the new technique. First, in contrast to normal practice, the tracking symbol is a volume rather than a point. Second, the surface of this volume is semi-transparent, thereby affording occlusion cues during target acquisition.

The experiment shows that the volume/occlusion cues were effective in both monocular and stereoscopic condistions. For some tasks where stereoscopic presentation is unavailable or infeasible, ther new technique offers an effective alternative.

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