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DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.2096-5796.21.00031

Detection of scene-irrelevant head movements via eye-head coordination information


Background Accurate motion tracking in head-mounted displays (HMDs) has been widely used in immersive VR interaction technologies. However, tracking the head motion of users at all times is not always desirable. During a session of HMD usage, users may make scene-irrelevant head rotations, such as adjusting the head position to avoid neck pain or responding to distractions from the physical world. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study that addresses the problem of scene-irrelevant head movements. Methods We trained a classifier to detect scene-irrelevant motions using temporal eyehead-coordinated information sequences. To investigate the usefulness of the detection results, we propose a technique to suspend motion tracking in HMDs where scene-irrelevant motions are detected. Results/ Conclusions Experimental results demonstrate that the scene-relevancy of movements can be detected using eye-head coordination information, and that ignoring scene-irrelevant head motions in HMDs improves user continuity without increasing sickness or breaking immersion.

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Xiaoxiong FAN, Yun CAI, Yufei YANG, Tianxing XU, Yike Li, Songhai ZHANG, Fanglue ZHANG. Detection of scene-irrelevant head movements via eye-head coordination information. Virtual Reality & Intelligent Hardware DOI:10.3724/SP.J.2096-5796.21.00031