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Collaborative Holographic Environments for Networked Tasks

Project description

Networked audiovisual systems and home platforms Collaborating from a distance in virtual 3-D

New display and networking technologies that allow people to interact with each other in three dimensions could revolutionise the way groups collaborate on business and social projects.

Web- and video-conferencing is already being used widely by many business people, scientists and doctors, among others, to cut down on travel when teams need to collaborate on a project or a job.

However, so far most networked audiovisual communications systems have presented participants to each other in only two dimensions. The lack of a third dimension (3-D) reduces the sense of ‘being there’ and is also an obstacle to virtual interaction with 3-D objects, be it an architectural mock-up, a car part or a medical model.

More natural interaction

A team of European researchers set out to create a sense of this third dimension. Working in the COHERENT project, they developed the first large-scale 3-D holographic display capable of showing true-colour images in high resolution to many people at the same time.

To make interaction even more natural and lifelike, they incorporated gesture recognition technology that allows observers to manipulate 3-D objects by moving their hands in front of the screen.

A ‘digital window’ to interact through

The holographic technology behind the display, developed by Hungarian partner Holografika, works like a digital window. Called HoloVizio, it is able to emit light of different colours and intensities in different directions, mimicking the visual effects that allow a person to view the world in 3-D even when looking through a regular screen.

The technology the project team developed differs from so-called auto-stereoscopic 3-D systems, which involve showing a viewer two slightly different 2-D images – one for the left eye and one for the right eye – that trick the viewer’s brain into fusing them into a single 3-D image.

Such systems only work with individual viewers, making them unsuitable for use when other people need to see the display as well.

Tested with car-makers and doctors

The COHERENT team’s system has been tested in the automotive industry and with medical researchers, both potentially large markets for collaborative 3-D technology and networked audiovisual communication.

Doctors, for example, could use the system to consult with specialists located in another city or even another country, allowing them to study jointly a 3-D representation of a patient’s heart.

Car manufacturers, meanwhile, could use the technology to assist the collaborative work between distributed teams of designers and engineers.

Large and growing market

As travel becomes more expensive and concerns about its environmental impact increase, many sectors of business and society are likely to turn to video conferencing as a way to overcome geographical barriers to collaboration.

The team behind COHERENT also foresees other applications for its technology, such as for next-generation 3-D TV, for digital cinema and for virtual reality representations.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-IST-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

HOLOGRAFIKA HOLOGRAMELOALLITO FEJLESZTO ES FORGALMAZO KFT
Address
Ady Endre Utica 3/A
1192 Budapest
Hungary
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 647 835

Participants (6)

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 115 152
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CS GROUP-FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 561 416
Address
Avenue Galilee 22
92350 Le Plessis Robinson
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PSA AUTOMOBILES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 87 600
Address
2/10 Boulevard De L'europe
78300 Poissy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 132 727
Address
Viale Regina Elena 299
00161 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRO DI RICERCA, SVILUPPO E STUDI SUPERIORI IN SARDEGNA SOCIETÀ A RESPONSABILITÀ LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 476 018
Address
Localita Piscina Manna Edificio 1
09010 Pula Cagliari
Activity type
Research Organisations
GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 129 252
Address
167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ Glasgow