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Real-time interactive virtual tour on the World Wide Web (WWW)
Author(s): Sanghyuk Yoon; Hai-jung Chen; Tom Hsu; Ilmi Yoon
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Paper Abstract

Web-based Virtual Tour has become a desirable and demanded application, yet challenging due to the nature of web application's running environment such as limited bandwidth and no guarantee of high computation power on the client side. Image-based rendering approach has attractive advantages over traditional 3D rendering approach in such Web Applications. Traditional approach, such as VRML, requires labor-intensive 3D modeling process, high bandwidth and computation power especially for photo-realistic virtual scenes. QuickTime VR and IPIX as examples of image-based approach, use panoramic photos and the virtual scenes that can be generated from photos directly skipping the modeling process. But, these image-based approaches may require special cameras or effort to take panoramic views and provide only one fixed-point look-around and zooming in-out rather than 'walk around', that is a very important feature to provide immersive experience to virtual tourists. The Web-based Virtual Tour using Tour into the Picture employs pseudo 3D geometry with image-based rendering approach to provide viewers with immersive experience of walking around the virtual space with several snap shots of conventional photos.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5304, Internet Imaging V, (15 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.526890
Show Author Affiliations
Sanghyuk Yoon, San Francisco State Univ. (United States)
Hai-jung Chen, San Francisco State Univ. (United States)
Tom Hsu, San Francisco State Univ. (United States)
Ilmi Yoon, San Francisco State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5304:
Internet Imaging V
Simone Santini; Raimondo Schettini, Editor(s)

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