[Supporting Interoperability and Presence Awareness in Collaborative Mixed Reality Environments]

Supporting Interoperability and Presence Awareness in Collaborative Mixed Reality Environments

Oyewole Oyekoya1,  Ran Stone2,  William Steptoe1,  Laith Alkurdi3,  Stefan Klare3,  Angelika Peer3,  Tim Weyrich1,  Benjamin Cohen2,  Franco Tecchia4,  Anthony Steed1

1 University College London
2 IBM Research, Haifa Israel
3 Technische Universität München
4 Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa Italy

Abstract

In the BEAMING project we have been extending the scope of collaborative mixed reality to include the representation of users in multiple modalities, including augmented reality, situated displays and robots. A single user (a visitor) uses a high-end virtual reality system (the transporter) to be virtually teleported to a real remote location (the destination). The visitor may be tracked in several ways including emotion and motion capture. We reconstruct the destination and the people within it (the locals). In achieving this scenario, BEAMING has integrated many heterogeneous systems. In this paper, we describe the design and key implementation choices in the Beaming Scene Service (BSS), which allows the various processes to coordinate their behaviour. The core of the system is a light-weight shared object repository that allows loose coupling between processes with very different requirements (e.g. embedded control systems through to mobile apps). The system was also extended to support the notion of presence awareness. We demonstrate two complex applications built with the BSS.

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Supporting Interoperability and Presence Awareness in Collaborative Mixed Reality Environments.
Oyewole Oyekoya, Ran Stone, William Steptoe, Laith Alkurdi, Stefan Klare, Angelika Peer, Tim Weyrich, Benjamin Cohen, Franco Tecchia, Anthony Steed.
In Proc. of 19th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST), 6–9 October 2013.
Oyewole Oyekoya, Ran Stone, William Steptoe, Laith Alkurdi, Stefan Klare, Angelika Peer, Tim Weyrich, Benjamin Cohen, Franco Tecchia, and Anthony Steed. Supporting interoperability and presence awareness in collaborative mixed reality environments. In Proc. of the 19th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST), pages 165–174, October 2013.Oyekoya, O., Stone, R., Steptoe, W., Alkurdi, L., Klare, S., Peer, A., Weyrich, T., Cohen, B., Tecchia, F., and Steed, A. 2013. Supporting interoperability and presence awareness in collaborative mixed reality environments. In Proc. of the 19th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST), 165–174.O. Oyekoya, R. Stone, W. Steptoe, L. Alkurdi, S. Klare, A. Peer, T. Weyrich, B. Cohen, F. Tecchia, and A. Steed, “Supporting interoperability and presence awareness in collaborative mixed reality environments,” in Proc. of the 19th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST), Oct. 2013, pp. 165–174.

Acknowledgments

The authors acknowledge the support of other project partners in the EU FP7 BEAMING project (contract no. 248620): Aalborg Universitet, Institut D’Investigacions Biomediques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Starlab Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona and University of Sheffield. We also thank the associated research fellows and students.


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