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AR/VR for conferencing and remote assistance

Hans Stocking, Simon N.B. Gunkel, Tom De Koninck, Michel van Eersel, Bart Kok

AR and VR headsets can be used for communication purposes. People can be brought together in a virtual environment, either as avatars in a more game-like environment, or photo-realistic using cameras and video streams. The immersion of a shared environment brings people closer together, and life-like and life-size user representations allow for ‘normal’ group interaction, which resembles more to a face-to-face meeting compared to desktop-based video conferencing due to gaze awareness and full body language. Furthermore, such a system is quite flexible in use. It requires either a PC with VR-HMD (head mounted display) and camera, or soon a standalone VR- HMD and optionally a smartphone as capture device. Compared to highend video conferencing systems, it does not need a fixed space and can be used anywhere. Given the immersion and naturalness of the communication, AR and VR offer a new opportunity for remote communication.

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