VR Social Copresence with Light Field Displays



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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