VRowser: A virtual reality parallel web browser

Shuma Toyama, Mohammed Al Sada, Tatsuo Nakajima*

*Corresponding author for this work

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3 Citations (Scopus)


In this paper, we propose VRowser, which is a virtual reality (VR) web browser that utilizes various visualization and interaction methods to support webpage content comparisons, allocation, grouping, and retrieval that are essential of parallel web browsing. VRowser’s main design objective is to embody a VR parallel web browsing environment that maintains familiar web browsing metaphors and leverages virtual reality interaction and visualization capabilities to support parallel web browsing tasks. Thus, our approach retains the following design factors: (1) Immersive VR. (2) Maintaining document-based web browsing metaphor within the VR environment. (3) Segregated interaction methods for 3D and web-tasks. We present our prototype specifications, followed by an evaluation. Our user study essentially gauged participants’ impressions about VRowser, as well as their webpage placement strategies within two different VR environments. The results indicate that users heavily relied on environmental landmarks, such as trees or furniture, to facilitate placement and retrieval of webpages. While the locomotion method developed in our prototype proven to be inefficient for quickly travelling from one location to another. Lastly, we present our conclusion and future development direction of our work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVirtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality
Subtitle of host publicationInteraction, Navigation, Visualization, Embodiment, and Simulation - 10th International Conference, VAMR 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings
EditorsGino Fragomeni, Jessie Y. Chen
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783319915807
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event10th International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, VAMR 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 2018 Jul 152018 Jul 20

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10909 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other10th International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, VAMR 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • Information space
  • Parallel web browsing
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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