The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and naturalness of controllers versus hand tracking for various interactions and gestures in virtual reality. To accomplish this, four tasks that represent common interaction types in VR applications were designed. These tasks include Whac-A-Mole, pointing, performing gestures, and building a tower. Each of 24 participants performed each task twice: once using controllers and once using hand tracking.
The results of the two methods were compared to determine which is more effective and natural for each task. The findings will be included in an article scheduled for completion in 2023.
Screenshots of each task being performed with controllers (left) and hand tracking (right):
One of the tasks which participants of the study have to perform:
using their hands…
…and using controllers.