Free walk: Shared virtual space for casual meetings

Hideyuki Nakanishi, Chikara Yoshida, Toshikazu Nishimura, Toru Ishida

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In this chapter we present FreeWalk, a meeting environment for casual communication in a networked community, which provides a 3D common area where everyone can meet and talk freely. FreeWalk represents participants as 3D polygon pyramids, on which their live video is mapped. Voice volume remains proportional to the distance between sender and receiver. For evaluation, we compared communications in FreeWalk to a conventional desktop videoconferencing system and a face-to-face meeting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Internet Computing
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781351081085
ISBN (Print)084930086X, 9781315893532
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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