Google StreetView has contributed immensly to the popularity of virtual reality (VR). Kudos to them. They keep adding smart and complex navigation improvements. When will they realize that the single most effective and easy to implement improvement to StreetView’s navigation would be to invert the movement of the mouse? To the vast majority of humans it is more intuitive to move the mouse to the point of interest. With StreetView today it is the other way around: to look up you have to drag the mouse down and to look right you have to drag it to the left. In the past decade Apple understood the ergonomics very well and established the best practice with QuickTimeVR, the ancestor technology underlying VR interaction. The vast majority of panorama viewers use this intuitive way of navigating the panorama. Why not StreetView?
Posted on June 7, 2009 by Yuval Levy