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You Can Change the Laws of Physics and Win the Best Poster Award at IEEE Virtual Reality Conference

teaserCan we adapt if the laws of physics change on us? In virtual reality environments, the laws of physics are very malleable. Yes, we can adapt as long as we are given good visual feedback in a timely manner. Our research into “Motor Adaptation in Response to Scaling and Diminished Feedback in Virtual Reality” was awarded Best Poster at the 2017 IEEE Virtual Reality Conference. Congratulations to David Krum, Thai Phan, and Sin-Hwa Kang.

 

Near-Field VR Wins Immersive Realities Contest at SIGGRAPH 2015

 

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The MxR Lab has been hard at work creating a unique immersive experience entitled “Discovering Near-Field VR: Stop Motion with a Touch of Light-Fields and a Dash of Redirection,” which just won the Immersive Realities AR/VR Contest at SIGGRAPH 2015. The contest was held to showcase the best immersive reality applications with live demonstrations in the new VR Village venue.

“Discovering Near-Field VR” combined efforts across disciplines at USC with students from the School of Cinematic Arts and the Viterbi School of Engineering collaborating with researchers at the Institute for Creative Technologies to produce a unique piece that introduces the art of stop motion animation to the field of virtual reality. The goal was to create a surreal experience by developing virtual reality techniques that look unlike traditional game engine graphics and leverage the perceptual affordances of the near-field. Light field rendering and redirected walking techniques were leveraged to create an interactive full-body experience.

The Immersive Realities AR/VR contest had 48 submissions from all over the world. A total of ten pieces were demonstrated at the VR Village, with the contest winner selected between the top three finalists.

This effort brought together the contributions of numerous people across multiple disciplines. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone that made “Discovering Near-Field VR” possible:

USC School of Cinematic Arts and Institute for Creative Technologies:
Mark Bolas

USC School of Cinematic Arts:
Vangelis Lympouridis
Fernando Rabelo
Christine Barron
Catalina Matamoros
Cristina Brous
Alicja Jasina
Yawen Zheng
Wasef El-Kharouf
Anshul Pendse
Lindsey Townley

USC Institute for Creative Technologies:
Thai Phan
Evan Suma
Andrew Jones
Paul Debevec
David M. Krum
Timofey Grechkin
David Nelson
Ryan Spicer
Rhys Yahata

USC Viterbi School of Engineering:
Ashok Kuruvilla
Shravani Chintalapudi
Joy D’Souza
Nathan Iskandar
Ashley Yu-Chih
Jin Zhang
Mahdi Azmandian

Music:
Philip Eberhart

Otherworld Interactive:
Mike Murdoch
Robyn Gray
Mitch Thompson

Phasespace Inc.
Tracy McSherry
Kan Anant

We would like to thank the US Army for funding research that made this work possible. Statements and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the United States Government, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

ICT Researchers Win Best Paper Award at IEEE Procams 2011

Congratulations to Joel Jurik and co-authors Andrew Jones, Mark Bolas and Paul Debevec on receiving the best paper award for their paper, “Prototyping a Light Field Display Involving Direct Observation of a Video Projector Array” at the IEEE Procams 2011 Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Read the paper.

Huffington Post Names ICT’s GMail Motion Response Among Best Kinect Hacks

An online slideshow in the Huffington Post features what they consider the top nine Kinect Hacks to date. Coming in at number two is ICT’s April Fools Day response to Google’s GMail motion prank.

“They’re fun, surprising, and some even offer potential solutions to real-world problems.,” says the Huffington Post of their winning selections.

Congrats to the team at ICT’s Mixed Reality Lab. You’re number one on our list.

View the slideshow.
View the ICT Mixed Reality Lab’s GMail Motion Spoof.
View the original Gmail Motion video.