The Thing Growing
Researchers: Dave Pape, Joseph Alexander, Josephine Anstey, Muhammad Ali Khan, Samroeng Thongrong
The Thing Growing is a Virtual Reality Interactive Narrative. It’s focus is the construction of the “Thing”, a virtual character. The goal of the project is to create an interactive story in which the user is the main protagonist and engages at an emotional level with the Thing and its world. The project is structured in three acts in order to take advantage of narrative tools like pacing, surprise and movement through time. Each act also engages the user in interactivity.
The user has between two and four trackers attached to head, arms and body, and holds a 3D mouse with three buttons and a joystick for interaction and navigation. Information from the trackers, joystick and buttons is used by the application to figure out where the user is and what they are doing.
This application is programmed using the CAVE Library™, Performer and XP. XP is a VR authoring system based on Performer designed by Dave Pape.
“The Thing Growing” has been shown in a CAVE™, on an ImmersaDesk™, on a Barco Baron and on Panoram Display system - the last two with added tracking. It has been experienced at the following shows / exhibits:
Date: January 1, 1998 - March 1, 2000