Chapter 2. 3D User Interfaces: History and Roadmap

Three-dimensional UI design is not a traditional field of research with well-defined boundaries. Like human–computer interaction (HCI), it draws from many disciplines and has links to a wide variety of topics. In this chapter, we briefly describe some of the history of 3D UIs to set the stage for the rest of the book. We also present a 3D UI “roadmap” that positions the topics covered in this book relative to associated areas. After reading this chapter, you should have an understanding of the origins of 3D UIs and the relation of 3D UI design to other fields, and you should know what types of information to expect from the remainder of this book.

2.1. History of 3D UIs

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