Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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A. Ladikos, N. Navab
Real-Time 3D Reconstruction for Occlusion-aware Interactions in Mixed Reality
5th International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC), Las Vegs, Nevada, USA, Nov 30-Dec 2 2009. (bib)

In this paper, we present a system for performing real-time occlusion-aware interactions in a mixed reality environment. Our system consists of 16 ceiling-mounted cameras observing an interaction space of size 3.70 m x 3.20 m x 2.20 m. We reconstruct the shape of all objects inside the interaction space using a visual hull method at a frame rate of 30 Hz. Due to the interactive speed of the system, the users can act naturally in the interaction space. In addition, since we reconstruct the shape of every object, the users can use their entire body to interact with the virtual objects. This is a significant advantage over marker-based tracking systems, which require a prior setup and tedious calibration steps for every user who wants to use the system. With our system anybody can just enter the interaction space and start interacting naturally. We illustrate the usefulness of our system through two sample applications. The first application is a real-life version of the well known game Pong. With our system, the player can use his whole body as the pad. The second application is concerned with video compositing. It allows a user to integrate himself as well as virtual objects into a prerecorded sequence while correctly handling occlusions.
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