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2009 8th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality
Animatronic Shader Lamps Avatars
Orlando, FL, USA
October 19-October 22
ISBN: 978-1-4244-5390-0
Peter Lincoln, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Computer Science, USA
Greg Welch, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Computer Science, USA
Andrew Nashel, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Computer Science, USA
Adrian Ilie, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Computer Science, USA
Andrei State, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Computer Science, USA
Henry Fuchs, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Computer Science, USA
Applications such as telepresence and training involve the display of real or synthetic humans to multiple viewers. When attempting to render the humans with conventional displays, non-verbal cues such as head pose, gaze direction, body posture, and facial expression are difficult to convey correctly to all viewers. In addition, a framed image of a human conveys only a limited physical sense of presence—primarily through the display's location. While progress continues on articulated robots that mimic humans, the focus has been on the motion and behavior of the robots. We introduce a new approach for robotic avatars of real people: the use of cameras and projectors to capture and map the dynamic motion and appearance of a real person onto a humanoid animatronic model. We call these devices animatronic Shader Lamps Avatars (SLA).We present a proof-of-concept prototype comprised of a camera, a tracking system, a digital projector, and a life-sized styrofoam head mounted on a pan-tilt unit. The system captures imagery of a moving, talking user and maps the appearance and motion onto the animatronic SLA, delivering a dynamic, real-time representation of the user to multiple viewers.
Citation:
Peter Lincoln, Greg Welch, Andrew Nashel, Adrian Ilie, Andrei State, Henry Fuchs, "Animatronic Shader Lamps Avatars," ismar, pp.27-33, 2009 8th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, 2009
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