Senior Lecturer at QCA, Dr. Dale Patterson, was awarded the Best Paper Award at the 2016 AUIC (Australasian User Interface Conference).
The paper is entitled: 3D Spirals, Bubbles and Sliders - Setting Range Values in Multi-User 3D Environments.
The paper describes a series of interactive 3D range setting components, each designed for application in shared multi-user 3D environments. The nature of multi-user environments creates the necessity for interactive 3D interface components to be able to function when viewed from a range of different perspectives at the same point in time. The three described components were designed with this requirement in mind. The first component, a 3DBubble based system, utilizes a simple sphere that expands and contracts on an axis device to represent changing range values. The second component uses a cone shaped spring device, the 3DSpiral, with a sliding ball that moves along the spring to enable interaction, range viewing and value setting. The final device is a simple cylinder, the 3DCylinder, with a ring that moves along its shape to set changes in range value.