Viewing Style of Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Broadcast Contents while Sharing a Virtual Experience
PubDate: November 2020
Teams: Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Writers: Kazuma Yoshino；Hiroyuki Kawakita；Takuya Handa；Kensuke Hisatomi
A conceptual space-sharing broadcasting service has been proposed, using augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) with a head-mounted display. As proposed, virtual performers are displayed in their real-life sizes; the user experiences proximity to them. Family and friends living apart can also be displayed in this manner, and an individual can communicate with them in real time; this enables both the individual and their peer to enjoy the broadcast media together. In this study, we implemented this concept as a suitable style for daily use and confirmed the effect of the viewing experience. We developed a prototype of an environment for watching AR/VR mixed content along with a person in a distant place, which is expected to become a popular viewing style of future broadcast media. The individual is displayed as a live-action 3D point cloud image, and verbal and nonverbal communication with the individual are enabled. A demonstration showed that the system renders a sense of presence to a distant person and provides the feeling of sharing the same experience among all its users.