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Non-verbal Communication Interface for Collaborative Virtual Environments

Guye-Vuillieme, A. and Capin, T. K. and Pandzic, I. S. and Magnenat-Thalmann, N. and Thalmann, D.


Abstract: Nonverbal communication is an important aspect of real life face-to-face interaction and one of the most efficient ways to convey emotions, therefore the means allowing the users to replicate it should be provided in the virtual world. Because articulated embodiments are well suited to provide body communication in virtual environments, this paper first reviews some of the advantages and disadvantages of complex embodiments. After a quick introduction to the nonverbal communication theories, we present our solution that takes into account practical limitations of input devices and social sciences aspects. We introduce our sample of actions and implementation using our VLNET (Virtual Life Network) networked virtual environment and discuss the results of an informal evaluation experiment.


@inproceedings{423,
  booktitle = {Proc. CVE 98, Manchester and The Virtual Reality Journal, Springer },
  author = {Guye-Vuillieme, A. and Capin, T. K. and Pandzic, I. S. and Magnenat-Thalmann, N. and Thalmann, D.},
  title = {Non-verbal Communication Interface for Collaborative Virtual Environments},
  volume = {Vol. 4},
  pages = {49-59},
  month = jun,
  year = {1998},
  topic = {Networked Collaborative Virtual Environments}
}