Designing Interactive Collaborative Environments
We describe our experiences of creating and using a wide variety of techniques and applications to support collaboration in virtual environments for different activities and user groups. Our aim is to offer plentiful and rich possibilities for interaction across and between both real and virtual environments. This is informed through ongoing activities and projects, starting in the early 1990s, that have provided initial discoveries that point toward what is necessary to support interaction in a CVE. In the early stages, the focus of the work was on creating a programmable CVE, and the DIVE system (Frécon and Stenius, 1998) was born. Starting off as a simple, collaborative 3D graphical environment, the sophistication and functionality of DIVE have progressed, and so have the scenarios in which it is used.
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