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Tele-immersion is a new medium that enables a user to share a virtual space with remote participants. The user is immersed in a rendered 3D-world that is transmitted from a remote site. To acquire this 3D description we apply bi- and trinocular stereo techniques. The challenge is to compute dense stereo range data at high frame rates, since participants cannot easily communicate if the processing cycle or network latencies are long. Moreover, new views of the received 3D-world must be as accurate as possible. We address both issues of speed and accuracy and we propose a method for combining motion and stereo in order to increase speed and robustness.
Date Posted: 30 October 2006