Talk by Roberto Lopez-Gulliver (NICT)

On multi-user interaction environments and tangible 3D objects.

Title: gCubik - A Cubic Autostereoscopic Display for Multi-user Interaction
Dr. Roberto Lopez-Gulliver, NICT Universal Media Research Center, Kyoto, Japan

Date: May 10th, 2010
Time: 12:00-13:30
Place: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Avda de la Universidad 30. Leganés. Agustín de Betancourt Building. 1.2.C16-Aula de Grados
Local host: Teresa Onorati

The participation is free.


Most of the research in 3D displays have focused on increasing the realism of images by adding depth information. They are mainly designed for passive viewing without or very little interaction from the user. The "gCubik" is a small autostereoscopic 3D display requiring no special glasses, specially suited for natural sharing of 3D images among a group of users. The display is graspable and interactive and can be viewed from any direction with correct viewpoint-dependent perspective. The display could be used in group discussions as a substitute of real 3D objects, which users can freely manipulate, point at and interact with using simple finger gestures. In this talk, we present the gCubik's design principles and the details of its main technology contributions: wide field-of-view lens design and real-time rendering for integral photography. A virtual 3D aquarium application that showcases the gCubik's interactivity potential is presented here. Multiple users, around the table, can use the gCubik 3D display to naturally pickup static 2D fish images, from the table into their hands, and see them transforming into full parallax interactive 3D fish images. The talk will also overview some of the multi-user interaction environments the author has been working on since 1994 up today.


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