Examples of Maps/Navigation for 3D interactive experiences

7 Dec 2007 - 1:20pm
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achong
2006

We're trying to create an immersive interactive experience by allowing
the user to explore different 3d environments to find content. I'm
trying to make accessing that content more direct if the user decides
they rather not explore. Just curious if anybody has some examples of
navigation/mini map married to a 3D interactive experience.

Think of halo3.com/believe but with navigation allowing you to go all
the points of interest and maybe not so linear in terms of the explore
path.

any replies are much appreciated!

--
Adrian Chong
www.adrianchong.com/blog

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7 Dec 2007 - 2:57pm
bminihan
2007

What kind of content? I have seen Google Maps interfaces used for things
like navigating a corporate hierarchy and other 2-dimensional maps, with
markers. It's quite flexible and the controls are becoming more familiar to
people used to Google Maps.

Guess I wonder what you could get from adding 3rd dimension to your user
experience, that you couldn't get from a more sophisticated, intuitive 2D
interface.

Bryan
http://www.bryanminihan.com

We're trying to create an immersive interactive experience by allowing
the user to explore different 3d environments to find content.

Adrian Chong
www.adrianchong.com/blog

7 Dec 2007 - 7:43pm
achong
2006

Thanks for the examples. I guess the content would have more
perspective to the 3D elements than just a top view. It would be more
like a virtual walkthrough in a way.

On Dec 7, 2007 4:40 PM, Alvin Woon <alvinwoon at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm kinda wondering what kind of content you are specifically looking for
> too. If it hovers around the field of 3D map navigation (virtual tour), I
> think Harvard and University of Waterloo(
> http://www.uwaterloo.ca/map/map.php) have a good map site. Or University of
> Nebraska-Lincoln for that matter (http://www1.unl.edu/tour/) - shameless
> plug.
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> On Dec 7, 2007 2:57 PM, Bryan Minihan <bjminihan at nc.rr.com> wrote:
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> > What kind of content? I have seen Google Maps interfaces used for things
> > like navigating a corporate hierarchy and other 2-dimensional maps, with
> > markers. It's quite flexible and the controls are becoming more familiar
> to
> > people used to Google Maps.
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> > Guess I wonder what you could get from adding 3rd dimension to your user
> > experience, that you couldn't get from a more sophisticated, intuitive 2D
> > interface.
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> > Bryan
> > http://www.bryanminihan.com
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> > We're trying to create an immersive interactive experience by allowing
> > the user to explore different 3d environments to find content.
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> > Adrian Chong
> > www.adrianchong.com/blog
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7 Dec 2007 - 9:45pm
Roy
2007

Have you looked at 3D Topicscape?

http://www.topicscape.com

Roy

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8 Dec 2007 - 1:58pm
Gloria Petron
2007

If you're working on a shopping experience, Brookstone just rolled out their
3-D online store: http://kinset.com/brookstone.php, which you might find
worth checking out. Mark Hurst, founder of Creative Good, on his blog at
http://goodexperience.com, however, comments how customers can be expected
to react when confronted with the fact that they'll have to download an
entire application to get this 3-D experience, and whether or not the
novelty of the 3-D approach is really worth the headache:
http://www.goodexperience.com/blog/archives/2007_11.php#010160 I'd say that
Hurst's unspoken hint might be, Just because you *can*, doesn't always mean
you *should*.

But then again, it depends on the content, right? I'm with Bryan M on this,
in that it's tough to say without knowing what your content is. If you're
not talking about a shopping application and your project is more academic
in nature, you might check out ThinkMap's very addicting *Visual Thesaurus*,
which offers 2-D information in a 3-D format:
http://www.visualthesaurus.com/. Your browser may require you to install a
Java plugin for this if you don't already have it. (A plug-in...not an
application.)

9 Dec 2007 - 6:39am
Mike Bennett
2007

You might find the following AVI 2006 paper relevant to your design
thinking about the overview:

"Usability of Overview-Supported Zooming on Small Screens with Regard
to Individual Differences" by Thorsten Búring, Jens Gerken and Harald
Reiterer
http://hci.uni-konstanz.de/~buering/pdfs/avi2006.pdf

The paper is about a study of a small screen interface with and
without an overview/mini-map display. Subjects in the study were
measured for their spatial abilities then had to interact with the
contents of the display. Some subjects had an overview while other
didn't. The results seem to show there is a strong correlation
between the use of the overview and a person's spatial abilities. If
a person has a high spatial ability the overview had a negative
effect, while it could aid a person with less spatial ability. This
seems to be the case even though most of their subjects had above
average spatial ability.

Also (shameless plug - I did some work on hand held tools for
wayfinding with different kinds of visual / haptic feedback and
control) you can find some very relevant "spatial wayfinding in real
and virtual spaces" papers listed in the references at end of:

"Here Or There Is Where? Haptic Egocentric Interaction With
Topographic Torch" http://www.stressbunny.com/mike/pubs/
2006_CHI_TopographicTorch.pdf

Especially checkout Hunt's review (good for 3D) and Levine's (very
very very nice) spatial cognition experiments.

- Mike

> Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 10:20:51 -0800
> From: "Adrian Chong" <chongadrian at gmail.com>
> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Examples of Maps/Navigation for 3D interactive
> experiences
>
> We're trying to create an immersive interactive experience by allowing
> the user to explore different 3d environments to find content. I'm
> trying to make accessing that content more direct if the user decides
> they rather not explore. Just curious if anybody has some examples of
> navigation/mini map married to a 3D interactive experience.
>
> Think of halo3.com/believe but with navigation allowing you to go all
> the points of interest and maybe not so linear in terms of the explore
> path.
>
> any replies are much appreciated!
>
> --
> Adrian Chong
> www.adrianchong.com/blog

--
Mike Bennett
PhD Candidate

Imaging, Visualisation and Graphics Lab
Systems Research Group, University College Dublin, Ireland

- email: mike.bennett at ucd.ie
- blog: http://www.user-designer.com
- web: http://www.stressbunny.com/mike

17 Dec 2007 - 3:22pm
Séamus T. Byrne
2010

I recommend checking out the "Mapping Our Heritage Project" at the
"Museum of Chinese in America" in New York:
http://www.mocanyc.org/visit/exhibits/mapping_our_heritage_project
Its a realistic virtual 3D replica of New York's Chinatown where a user
can peruse and/or add annotations to the virtual environment.

Adrian Chong wrote:
> We're trying to create an immersive interactive experience by allowing
> the user to explore different 3d environments to find content. I'm
> trying to make accessing that content more direct if the user decides
> they rather not explore. Just curious if anybody has some examples of
> navigation/mini map married to a 3D interactive experience.
>
> Think of halo3.com/believe but with navigation allowing you to go all
> the points of interest and maybe not so linear in terms of the explore
> path.
>
> any replies are much appreciated!
>
>
--
All the Best,

Seamus Byrne
Senior User Experience Designer

WestGlobal
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Tel: 01 6115126
Mobl: 087 618 5655

18 Dec 2007 - 10:23pm
Itamar Medeiros
2006

Autodesk has produced some interesting 3D navigation metaphors: one is
call "Steering Wheels" and the other is "View Cube"... both of
them are implemented in the Autodesk Design Review, a free tool for
visualizing DWF files.

Check it out at:
http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=4086277

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