Proceedings PaperImage-based panoramic virtual reality system
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An extensive family of advanced virtual reality-telepresence systems and components have been developed. The purpose of these systems and components is to facilitate recording, processing, display, and interaction with audio and video signal(s) representing a scene or subject of three-dimensions (3-D). An overview of the systems currently available for license includes: a color video camera with real-time simultaneous spherical FOV coverage; a similar camera for recording various sides of a 3-D subject; an image based system for real-time processing and distribution of said camera based images onto 3-D wireframes; resultant camcorders are generally referred to as virtual reality/telepresence 'VRT camcorders'TM; a 'VIDEOROOM'TM large theater display system in which the floor, walls, and ceiling form a continuous display about the viewer for display of said images; 'INaVISION'TM a HMD system for viewing the same said images; and interactive control devices for manipulating said 3-D image and audio signal(s). Applications, to include visual and auditory simulation, host vehicle control, remote vehicle control, video teleconferencing, and so on, are feasible applications for the above technology. Rough costs of systems and components, photographs of a prototype system, and component illustrations are provided. Future directions of R&D are presented (i.e., Project HEAVEN: Humankind Eternal-Life Artificial-Intelligence Virtual Environment Network).