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Low cost heads-up virtual reality (HUVR) with optical tracking and haptic feedback
Author(s): Todd Margolis; Thomas A. DeFanti; Greg Dawe; Andrew Prudhomme; Jurgen P. Schulze; Steve Cutchin
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Paper Abstract

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have created a new, relatively low-cost augmented reality system that enables users to touch the virtual environment they are immersed in. The Heads-Up Virtual Reality device (HUVR) couples a consumer 3D HD flat screen TV with a half-silvered mirror to project any graphic image onto the user's hands and into the space surrounding them. With his or her head position optically tracked to generate the correct perspective view, the user maneuvers a force-feedback (haptic) device to interact with the 3D image, literally 'touching' the object's angles and contours as if it was a tangible physical object. HUVR can be used for training and education in structural and mechanical engineering, archaeology and medicine as well as other tasks that require hand-eye coordination. One of the most unique characteristics of HUVR is that a user can place their hands inside of the virtual environment without occluding the 3D image. Built using open-source software and consumer level hardware, HUVR offers users a tactile experience in an immersive environment that is functional, affordable and scalable.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7864, Three-Dimensional Imaging, Interaction, and Measurement, 786417 (27 January 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.876584
Show Author Affiliations
Todd Margolis, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Thomas A. DeFanti, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Greg Dawe, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Andrew Prudhomme, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Jurgen P. Schulze, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)
Steve Cutchin, King Abdullah Univ. of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7864:
Three-Dimensional Imaging, Interaction, and Measurement
J. Angelo Beraldin; Geraldine S. Cheok; Michael B. McCarthy; Ulrich Neuschaefer-Rube; Ian E. McDowall; Margaret Dolinsky; Atilla M. Baskurt, Editor(s)

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