David Zielinski, Brendan Macdonald, Regis Kopper
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has a virtual reality (VR) laboratory for training mine workers in critical situations. Input devices at the laboratory are an Xbox 360 game pad and an air mouse. We wanted to test if there was a benefit from upgrading to a 6-DOF tracking system. Thus, we conducted a pilot study for three tasks (selection, navigation, and maneuvering) and three devices (gamepad, air mouse, 6-DOF wand). Results indicate that the wand allows users to complete tasks faster and is preferred by users. However, in certain situations its use led to more errors.