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Authors: Robin Horst 1 ; Sebastian Alberternst 2 ; Jan Sutter 2 ; Philipp Slusallek 2 ; Uwe Kloos 3 and Ralf Dörner 4

Affiliations: 1 German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Saarbrücken, Germany, Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences, Reutlingen, Germany, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden, Germany ; 2 German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Saarbrücken, Germany ; 3 Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences, Reutlingen, Germany ; 4 RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden, Germany

ISBN: 978-989-758-354-4

Keyword(s): Mixed Reality, Video Avatar, Multi-user Environments, Low-cost, Knowledge Communication.

Abstract: Virtual Reality (VR) technology has the potential to support knowledge communication in several sectors. Still, when educators make use of immersive VR technology in favor of presenting their knowledge, their audience within the same room may not be able to see them anymore due to wearing head-mounted displays (HMDs). In this paper, we propose the Avatar2Avatar system and design, which augments the visual aspect during such a knowledge presentation. Avatar2Avatar enables users to see both a realistic representation of their respective counterpart and the virtual environment at the same time. We point out several design aspects of such a system and address design challenges and possibilities that arose during implementation. We specifically explore opportunities of a system design for integrating 2D video-avatars in existing room-scale VR setups. An additional user study indicates a positive impact concerning spatial presence when using Avatar2Avatar.

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Horst, R.; Alberternst, S.; Sutter, J.; Slusallek, P.; Kloos, U. and Dörner, R. (2019). Avatar2Avatar: Augmenting the Mutual Visual Communication between Co-located Real and Virtual Environments.In Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 2: HUCAPP, ISBN 978-989-758-354-4, pages 89-96. DOI: 10.5220/0007311800890096

@conference{hucapp19,
author={Robin Horst. and Sebastian Alberternst. and Jan Sutter. and Philipp Slusallek. and Uwe Kloos. and Ralf Dörner.},
title={Avatar2Avatar: Augmenting the Mutual Visual Communication between Co-located Real and Virtual Environments},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 2: HUCAPP,},
year={2019},
pages={89-96},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0007311800890096},
isbn={978-989-758-354-4},
}

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Computer Vision, Imaging and Computer Graphics Theory and Applications - Volume 2: HUCAPP,
TI - Avatar2Avatar: Augmenting the Mutual Visual Communication between Co-located Real and Virtual Environments
SN - 978-989-758-354-4
AU - Horst, R.
AU - Alberternst, S.
AU - Sutter, J.
AU - Slusallek, P.
AU - Kloos, U.
AU - Dörner, R.
PY - 2019
SP - 89
EP - 96
DO - 10.5220/0007311800890096

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