A new virtual reality array allows an immersive experience without the disorienting 3-D goggles. Key to the installation, dubbed LiveActor, is the pairing of an optical motion capture system to monitor the body's movements with a stereo projection system to immerse users in a virtual environment. The combination lets users interact with characters embedded within virtual worlds.
According to Norman I. Badler, professor of computer and information science and director of Penn's Center for Human Modeling and Simulation, "The system is much more than the sum of its parts. Motion capture has traditionally been used for animation, game development and human performance analysis, but with LiveActor users can delve deeper into virtual worlds. The system affords a richer set of interactions with both characters and objects in the virtual environment." LiveActor will be demonstrated for journalists and others on Thursday, May 15th.