Project Leader: Paul Debevec
ICT’s Star Wars-inspired 3D teleconferencing system allows a remote participant to appear in 3D, converse and maintain appropriate eye contact with multiple speakers, offering an alternative and possible improvement to traditional videoconferencing and display technologies.
Created by the ICT Graphics Lab in collaboration with the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Fakespace Labs, the hologram-like system uses off-the-shelf video projectors and a fast-spinning mirror to create the illusion of a 3-D image and is a refinement of ICT’s earlier 3D Display system, which projected a holographic-like image that could be viewed from 360 degrees.
The system debuted at the 2008 Army Science Conference in response to a challenge for such capabilities issued by Dr. John Parmentola, then director of research and laboratory management in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for research and technology.
Except for projecting onto thin air, we can do everything Star Wars can,” explains Paul Debevec, ICT’s associate director of graphics research and lead developer of the system.