VR Social Copresence with Light Field Displays

SIGGRAPH Asia

Abstract

As virtual reality (VR) devices become increasingly commonplace, asymmetric interactions between people with and without headsets are becoming more frequent. Existing video pass-through VR headsets solve one side of these asymmetric interactions by showing the user a live reconstruction of the outside world. This paper further advocates for reverse pass-through VR, wherein a three-dimensional view of the user’s face and eyes is presented to any number of outside viewers in a perspective-correct manner using a light field display. Tying together research in social telepresence and copresence, autostereoscopic displays, and facial capture, reverse pass-through VR enables natural eye contact and other important non-verbal cues in a wider range of interaction scenarios, providing a path to potentially increase the utility and social acceptability of VR headsets in shared and public spaces.

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