Virtual Reality Locomotion

What Does Virtual Reality Locomotion Mean?

Virtual reality locomotion, or VR locomotion, refers to techniques and technologies that allow users to move within a virtual reality environment. A wide spectrum of VR locomotion methods and processes enables better user experience and more capable interaction with VR systems.


Techopedia Explains Virtual Reality Locomotion

While it's necessary to consider VR locomotion for many virtual reality landscapes, it's also somewhat problematic. Experts point out that because of the very intricate human anatomy that detects our motion through sight as well as internal gyroscopes, any VR locomotion that's not completely designed according to this human anatomy leads to “VR sickness” where the user experiences a discrepancy in vision and body signals.

For that reason, lots of the most effective VR locomotion involves shortcuts. Some call this teleporting. Instead of trying to completely imitate human movement in the grid, the VR locomotion strategy will involve passive methods to move the user through the landscape, without the user actually walking or taking physical actions like they would in a real 3D environment.


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