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Low Cost Heads-Up Virtual Reality (HUVR) with Optical Tracking and Haptic Feedback
Proceedings of SPIE: Three-Dimensional Imaging, Interaction, and Measurement (2011)
  • Todd Margolis
  • Thomas A. DeFanti
  • Greg Dawe
  • Andrew Prudhomme
  • Jurgen P. Schulze
  • Steve Cutchin, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Abstract
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have created a new, relatively low-cost augmented reality system that enables users to touch the virtual environment they are immersed in. The Heads-Up Virtual Reality device (HUVR) couples a consumer 3D HD flat screen TV with a half-silvered mirror to project any graphic image onto the user's hands and into the space surrounding them. With his or her head position optically tracked to generate the correct perspective view, the user maneuvers a force-feedback (haptic) device to interact with the 3D image, literally 'touching' the object's angles and contours as if it was a tangible physical object. HUVR can be used for training and education in structural and mechanical engineering, archaeology and medicine as well as other tasks that require hand-eye coordination. One of the most unique characteristics of HUVR is that a user can place their hands inside of the virtual environment without occluding the 3D image. Built using open-source software and consumer level hardware, HUVR offers users a tactile experience in an immersive environment that is functional, affordable and scalable.
Keywords
  • Augmented reality,
  • Computer hardware,
  • Eye,
  • Feedback,
  • Haptic technology,
  • Head,
  • Mechanical engineering,
  • Medicine,
  • Mirrors,
  • Optical tracking
Disciplines
Publication Date
January 27, 2011
Citation Information
Todd Margolis, Thomas A. DeFanti, Greg Dawe, Andrew Prudhomme, et al.. "Low Cost Heads-Up Virtual Reality (HUVR) with Optical Tracking and Haptic Feedback" Proceedings of SPIE: Three-Dimensional Imaging, Interaction, and Measurement Vol. 7864 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/steven_cutchin/3/