The University of Pennsylvania has installed a virtual reality system that allows a participant full-body interaction with a virtual environment without the hassle of bulky, dizzying 3-D glasses. The system will be demonstrated for journalists and others Thursday, May 15.
Key to the installation, dubbed LiveActor, is the pairing of an optical motion capture system to monitor the bodys movements with a stereo projection system to immerse users in a virtual environment. The combination lets users interact with characters embedded within virtual worlds.
"Traditional virtual reality experiences offer limited simulations and interactions through tracking of a few sensors mounted on the body," said Norman I. Badler, professor of computer and information science and director of Penns Center for Human Modeling and Simulation. "LiveActor permits whole-body tracking and doesnt require clunky 3-D goggles, resulting in a more realistic experience."
Steve Bradt | EurekAlert!
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