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Hybrid virtual reality and telepresence utilizing mobile phone technology
Author(s): Gordon M. Mair; J. Clark; R. Fryer; R. Hardiman; D. MacGregor; A. Retik; N. Retik; Kenneth Revie
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Paper Abstract

An overview of the design and application of a unique mobile hybrid telepresence and virtual reality system is first provided. This is followed by a description of each of the integrated sub-systems. These include the telepresence and teleoperation sub-system comprising display, control, and communication elements together with camera platforms and a mobile vehicle, a virtual reality module capable of modeling capable of modeling a 4D civil engineering environment, in this case a construction site, and the image compression and decompression techniques which allow the video from the remote site to be transmitted across a very low bandwidth mobile phone network. The mobile telepresence system can be located on a real world construction site to observe work in progress. This video information can be accessed by a user from any remote location and compared with the VR model of planned progress. The user can then guide the vehicle and camera system to any desired viewpoint. Illustrations of the first trials of the full system, comments on problems experienced, and suggestions for further work are provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3524, Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies V, (18 December 1998);
Show Author Affiliations
Gordon M. Mair, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
J. Clark, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
R. Fryer, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
R. Hardiman, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
D. MacGregor, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
A. Retik, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
N. Retik, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Kenneth Revie, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3524:
Telemanipulator and Telepresence Technologies V
Matthew R. Stein, Editor(s)

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