Supporting Partially-Sighted People with Head Worn Displays

Professor Stephen Hicks and his research fellows of the University of Oxford, Division of Clinical Neurology develop and evaluate head worn displays that sense and redisplay depth and outline information to support partially-sighted people to navigate through their daily life. “It gives you a little bit of extra confidence” and it reduces stress as Lyn Oliver, one of the trail participants mentions.

See also the latest article about this research:

A Depth-Based Head-Mounted Visual Display to Aid Navigation in Partially Sighted Individuals
Stephen L. Hicks, Iain Wilson, Louwai Muhammed, John Worsfold, Susan M. Downes, Christopher Kennard

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Call for Papers – IEEE Virtual Reality 2015

The upcoming IEEE Virtual Reality 2015 (March 23-27, 2015) in Arles, Camargue – Provence – France calls for long and short papers.

IEEE VR 2015 seeks original, high-quality papers in all areas related to virtual reality, including augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and 3D user interfaces.

Topics include:

  • Immersive gaming
  • 3D interaction for VR/AR/MR
  • Input devices for VR/AR/MR
  • Haptics, audio, and other non-visual interfaces
  • VR systems and toolkits
  • Augmented and mixed reality
  • Computer graphics techniques for VR/AR/MR
  • Advanced display technology
  • Immersive projection technology
  • Multi-user and distributed VR/AR/MR
  • Serious games
  • Tracking and sensing
  • Modeling and simulation
  • User studies and evaluation
  • Perception, presence, and cognition
  • 3D selection and 3D manipulation
  • Locomotion and navigation in virtual environments
  • Applications of VR/AR/MR
  • Teleoperation and telepresence

Deadlines & Dates: 

  • Long & Short Paper abstracts due (REQUIRED): September 5, 2014
  • Long & Short Paper submissions due: September 12, 2014
  • Notification of results of first review cycle: November 4, 2014
  • Revised paper submission due for second review cycle (REQUIRED FOR LONG PAPERS): December 5, 2014

Low Budget Virtual Reality Glasses from Google

At the developer conference Google I/O, attendees received a construction set for a low budget virtual reality goggle that runs with Andriod smartphones (Android 4.2 or above).

The cardboard project had been initated by David Coz and Damien Henry at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris.

Cardboard project

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