Current Interaction: In this room there is only a single thing, a mural of Carl Linnaeus’s Taxonomy. Here, all you can do is pinch your fingers to pull and push, to move the mural closer or further away.
A benefit of this which might not be immediately apparent is that if you walk using a ‘joystick’ or similar, some people get a bit queasy or motion sick. Moving the mural with your hands, even though the effect really is the same, prevents this.
Planned Interaction: If you pinch/grab text from the mural and pull, you will pull out the card which refers to that word (for this demo you will get the same card no matter which word you grab out, but that is only a small matter of getting the metadata right for the stack of cards). Here you can examine the card and if you grab a word on the card you will see connections to the taxonomy where the terms are listed (again, only one example in this demo). You can ‘throw’ the card into the mural to get rid of it, or pull out a few more if you like.
Background: This is designed to show you that not only do you have what would be a great big wall size monitor in VR, you can instantly and effortlessly move between seeing the overview or a detail. Even quicker than walking. If you have a room big enough to use for VR only, with no furniture in the way, you can walk around the mural but in any room you can pinch and move it closer and further away.
A secondary benefit of this interaction is that since you are not ‘virtually walking’ there is no chance of motion sickness, even though you are seeing the same effect when you pinch as you would see if you walked. Weird but one of those interesting things to learn which we only notice in VR, which we could not have foreseen from 3D worlds viewed in 2D.
With the cards we can see how we can start to build knowledge spaces with connections, which pose many questions, such as how to temporarily hide cards and how to have more than one layout of them etc.
Production: A more advanced and experimental interaction: zachernuk.neocities.org/2022/folding/ for experimental interactions of folding.
This was made by Brandel Zachernuk who has made many other pieces of work on this site.