Proceedings: GI 2018

Teleportation without Spatial Disorientation Using Optical Flow Cues

Jiwan Bhandari (University of Nevada, USA), Paul MacNeilage (University of Nevada, USA), Eelke Folmer (University of Nevada, USA)

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2018: Toronto, Ontario, 8-11 May 2018, 162 - 167

DOI 10.20380/GI2018.22

  • BibTex

    author = {Bhandari, Jiwan and MacNeilage, Paul and Folmer, Eelke},
    title = {Teleportation without Spatial Disorientation Using Optical Flow Cues},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2018},
    series = {GI 2018},
    year = {2018},
    isbn = {978-0-9947868-3-8},
    location = {Toronto, Ontario},
    pages = {162 -- 167},
    numpages = {6},
    doi = {10.20380/GI2018.22},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society / Soci{\'e}t{\'e} canadienne du dialogue humain-machine},
    keywords = {Virtual Locomotion, Teleportation, VR Sickness},


Teleportation is a popular locomotion technique that lets users navigate beyond the confines of limited available positional tracking space. Because it discontinuously translates the viewpoint, it is considered a safe locomotion method because it doesn't generate any optical flow, and thus reduces the risk of vection induced VR sickness. Though the lack of optical flow minimizes VR sickness, it also limits path integration, e.g., estimating the total distance traveled, and which can lead to spatial disorientation. This paper evaluates a teleportation technique called Dash that quickly but continuously displaces the user's viewpoint and which retains some optical flow cues. A user study with 16 participants compares Dash to regular teleportation and found that it significantly improves path integration while there was no difference in VR sickness.