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An interactive in-game approach to user adjustment of stereoscopic 3D settings
Author(s): Mina Tawadrous; Andrew Hogue; Bill Kapralos; Karen Collins
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Paper Abstract

Given the popularity of 3D film, content developers have been creating customizable stereoscopic 3D experiences for the user to enjoy at home. Stereoscopic 3D game developers often offer a ‘white box’ approach whereby far too many controls and settings are exposed to the average consumer who may have little knowledge or interest to correctly adjust these settings. Improper settings can lead to users being uncomfortable or unimpressed with their own user-defined stereoscopic 3D experience. We have begun investigating interactive approaches to in-game adjustment of the various stereoscopic 3D parameters to reduce the reliance on the user doing so and thefore creating a more pleasurable stereoscopic 3D experience. In this paper, we describe a preliminary technique for interactively calibrating the various stereoscopic 3D parameters and we compare this interface with the typical slider-based control interface game developers utilize in commercial S3D games. Inspired by standard testing methodologies experienced at an optometrist, we’ve created a split-screen game with the same stereoscopic 3D game running in both screens, but with different interaxial distances. We expect that the interactive nature of the calibration will impact the final game experience providing us with an indication of whether in-game, interactive, S3D parameter calibration is a mechanism that game developers should adopt.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 March 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8648, Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXIV, 864817 (12 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2004673
Show Author Affiliations
Mina Tawadrous, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Andrew Hogue, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Bill Kapralos, Univ. of Ontario Institute of Technology (Canada)
Karen Collins, The Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8648:
Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXIV
Andrew J. Woods; Nicolas S. Holliman; Gregg E. Favalora, Editor(s)

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