Virtual plane


VIP - 20642

keywords: horizontal planes, rear-projection, liquid crystal spectacles, stereo headsets, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3-D interactive images, architects, medical professionals, games players, achitectural projections, design and testing of medical implants, arcade games


Start Date: 1 November 1995 / Duration: 24 months

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Summary

The aim of the project is to develop industrial rear-projection horizontal screens (planes), used to display 3-D interactive images. The planes are to be perceived (both sight and sound) using active liquid-crystal spectacles and a stereo headset. The application domain areas are virtual reality and to some extent augmented reality.

The main objectives are:

  1. To engineer the display sub-system, including the geometry of the plane, the projector and the optical properties of the material used for the plane.
  2. To develop the software environment for Virtual Plane applications; modified versions of existing 3-D modellers for interactive virtual reality will automatically implement the perception and the perspective typical of a Virtual Plane.
  3. To develop cooperative interaction tools for applications sharing the same 3-D views among two or more users, locally or at different locations.
  4. To select existing devices and hand-held peripherals for interacting with 3-D environments, and integrate them into the overall system for pointing and manipulation.

The VIP technology will be tested and validated in three applications, corresponding to three major application domains with relevant final users:

The project tasks naturally map onto the members of the consortium. The initial focus will be on the display (including analysis, design and implementation) and on the development of the libraries for adding to existing 3-D interactive software environments (including the special features required for the geometry of specific displays). The technology will be used by the three user partners in pilot applications.

The project objectives described above represent major business opportunities for all the partners involved and coordinated exploitation activities will take place throughout the project. The technology partners will be able to deliver the Virtual Plane, an innovative display system, and the corresponding software environment, in an area where there is still no competition and for which there is a very broad range of possible applications. The users will benefit from the in-house availability of the VIP technology, benefiting from more opportunities to sell their services and complementary products (including existing proprietary products) and benefiting directly from the in-house pilot applications.


Contact Point

Prof. Francesco GARDIN
ARTIFICIAL REALITIES SYSTEMS srl
Amministrazione
Via Esterle 9, Milano
I-21032 Lombardy
tel +39/2-280141
fax +39/ 2-2610853
E-mail: francescog@ais.it

Participants

ARTIFICIAL REALITIES SYSTEMS - I - C
ART & MAGIC - B - P
A. SAVIOLI - I - P
UDAC - S - P
COMPUTER GRAPHICS CENTER (ZGDV e.V.) - D - P
BARCO - B - P
UPPSALA PROSTHODONTIC CLINIC - S - A


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