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3D modeling and motion parallax for improved videoconferencing

Zhu, Zhe, Martin, Ralph Robert, Pepperell, Robert and Burleigh, Alistair 2016. 3D modeling and motion parallax for improved videoconferencing. Computational Visual Media 2 (2) , pp. 131-142. 10.1007/s41095-016-0038-4

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We consider a face-to-face videoconferencing system that uses a Kinect camera at each end of the link for 3D modeling and an ordinary 2D display for output. The Kinect camera allows a 3D model of each participant to be transmitted; the (assumed static) background is sent separately. Furthermore, the Kinect tracks the receiver’s head, allowing our system to render a view of the sender depending on the receiver’s viewpoint. The resulting motion parallax gives the receivers a strong impression of 3D viewing as they move, yet the system only needs an ordinary 2D display. This is cheaper than a full 3D system, and avoids disadvantages such as the need to wear shutter glasses, VR headsets, or to sit in a particular position required by an autostereo display. Perceptual studies show that users experience a greater sensation of depth with our system compared to a typical 2D videoconferencing system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
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Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 2096-0433
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 15 December 2015
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 09:15

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