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Maze Terrain Authoring System in Immersive Virtual Reality for New Visual Realism

Division of Computer Engineering, Hansung University, Seoul 02876, Korea
Symmetry 2019, 11(4), 490; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym11040490
Received: 6 March 2019 / Revised: 25 March 2019 / Accepted: 1 April 2019 / Published: 4 April 2019
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Abstract

This paper proposes a maze terrain authoring system with which a user can automatically calculate various and complex maze patterns to compose maze terrains in an easier and more intuitive structure. Using the maze terrain information calculated by using the proposed authoring system, a 3D maze terrain is generated quickly and effectively, and through this, the user’s visual realism in an immersive virtual reality is increased to provide a new presence. The proposed maze terrain authoring system consists of three core functions: a function that automatically generates a grid maze of various sizes and patterns based on a maze generation algorithm; a function that calculates a circular maze in an intuitive structure; and a function that transforms a sketch-based maze by using an image-processing algorithm. Through the authoring system consisting of these functions, various maze terrains from uniform mazes to irregular mazes can be generated effectively. This study produces maze terrains of various concepts directly by using maze information calculated through the authoring system. In addition, through experiments, this study analyzes the efficiency in an immersive virtual reality and the presence through visual realism. In this process, the suitability of the authoring system is also analyzed in combination with a survey. View Full-Text
Keywords: immersive virtual reality; virtual maze environment; authoring system; visual realism; presence immersive virtual reality; virtual maze environment; authoring system; visual realism; presence
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