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Once again this is in St Salvator’s chapel in St Andrews, with the participants comparing what the chapel looks like today against a virtual reconstruction of what it looked like in 1450.
Mirrorshades is a hardware & software platform which allows its user to observe & move around their real world environment whilst wearing a wide field of view, stereoscopic 3D, head mounted display which allows them to alternatively view an immersive virtual reality environment from the equivalent vantage point.
This is achieved by combining an Oculus Rift DK1 with the IndoorAtlas indoor positioning system & the Unity game engine. The user places the Rift on their head & wears a satchel containing a laptop & other accessories over one shoulder. An Android smartphone held in one hand determines their position via IndoorAtlas, such that as they walk around the real environment their position within the Unity environment moves accordingly, while an Xbox controller held in the other hand lets them trigger transitions between real & virtual visuals.
The user studies featured in this video investigated responses & reactions to different ways of switching between viewing real & virtual environments.
More videos of Mirrorshades in development;
For more information on the IndoorAtlas indoor positioning system;
A plug to our research group;
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