The Virtual Room Inhabitant – Intuitive Interaction with Intelligent Environments

  • Michael Kruppa
  • Lübomira Spassova
  • Michael Schmitz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3809)


In this paper we describe a new way to improve the usability of complex hardware setups in Intelligent Environments. By introducing a virtual character, we facilitate intuitive interaction with our Intelligent Environment. The character is capable of freely moving along the walls of the room. The character is aware of the users position and orientation within the room. In this way, it may offer situated assistance as well as unambiguous references to physical objects by means of combined gestures, speech and physical locomotion. We make use of a steerable projector and a spatial audio system, in order to position the character within the environment.


Intelligent Environments Life-like Characters Location- Aware Interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Kruppa
    • 1
  • Lübomira Spassova
    • 1
  • Michael Schmitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Saarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany

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