Towards Unification for Pointing Task Evaluation in 3D Desktop Virtual Environment

  • Mathieu Raynal
  • Emmanuel Dubois
  • Bénédicte Schmitt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7946)


New visualization systems for large and complex datasets are emerging and 3D Virtual Environments turn out to be a relevant solution. Interaction tasks in these 3D VE have been defined, especially to support evaluation of these applications. Nevertheless there is a lack of unified protocol to assess these elementary tasks in this context. Moreover it can be complex to determine the appropriate technique to perform these tasks as there is a lack of reference data. A standard is available for 2D pointing task, but there is no equivalence in 3D. In this paper, we propose an adaptation of this standard to a pointing task in a 3D VE. We detail our protocol and an instrumentation, which aims at assessing performance, comfort of techniques and satisfaction of users. We also present results of a user experimentation conducted according to this standard’s adaptation.


Pointing task 3D virtual environment 3D interaction usability study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mathieu Raynal
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Dubois
    • 1
  • Bénédicte Schmitt
    • 1
  1. 1.IRIT – ELIPSEUniversité Paul SabatierToulouse cedex 9France

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