Google Patent | Dynamic Switching and Merging of Head, Gesture and Touch Input in Virtual Reality

Patent: Dynamic Switching and Merging of Head, Gesture and Touch Input in Virtual Reality

Publication Number: 20190011979

Publication Date: 2019-01-10

Applicants: Google

Abstract

In a system for dynamic switching and merging of head, gesture and touch input in virtual reality, focus may be set on a first virtual in response to a first input implementing one of a number of different input modes. The first object may then be manipulated in the virtual world in response to a second input implementing another input mode. In response to a third input, focus may be shifted from the first object to a second object if, for example, a priority value of the third input is higher than a priority value of the first input. If the priority value of the third input is less than that of the first input, focus may remain on the first object. In response to certain trigger inputs, a display of virtual objects may be shifted between a far field display and a near field display to accommodate a particular mode of interaction with the virtual objects.

Background

A virtual reality (VR) system may generate a three-dimensional (3D) immersive environment. A user may experience this virtual 3D immersive environment through interaction with various electronic devices, such as, for example, a helmet or other head mounted device including a display, glasses or goggles that a user looks through when viewing a display device, gloves fitted with sensors, external handheld devices that include sensors, and other such electronic devices. Once immersed in the virtual 3D environment, user interaction with the 3D environment may take various forms, such as, for example, eye gaze, head gaze, physical movement and/or manipulation of an electronic device to interact with, personalize and control the virtual 3D environment.

Summary

In one aspect, a method may include initiating an immersive virtual experience including a plurality of virtual objects, each of the plurality of virtual objects being selectable and manipulatable in response to a plurality of input modes, receiving a first input implementing a first input mode of the plurality of input modes, selecting a first virtual object of the plurality of virtual objects in response to the first input, receiving a second input implementing a second input mode of the plurality of input modes, comparing a priority value of the second input mode and a priority value of the first input mode, and based on the comparison, releasing selection of the first virtual object and shifting selection to a second virtual object of the plurality of virtual objects, or maintaining selection of the first virtual object, in response to the second input.

In another aspect, a method may include initiating an immersive virtual experience, generating a far field display of a plurality of virtual objects, receiving a first input, selecting the far field display including the plurality of virtual objects in response to the first input, receiving a second input, morphing an appearance of the plurality of virtual objects for near field display of the plurality of virtual objects in response to the second input, generating the near field display including the morphed plurality of virtual objects, receiving a third input, and selecting one of the morphed plurality of virtual objects in response to the third input.

The details of one or more implementations are set forth in the accompanying drawings and the description below. Other features will be apparent from the description and drawings, and from the claims.

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