The AR/VR Renaissance: promises, disappointments, unsolved problems


Henry Fuchs

(University of North Carolina)

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Date: March 1, 2017


Augmented and Virtual Reality have been hailed as “the next big thing” several times in the past 25 years. Some are predicting that VR will be the next computing platform, or at least the next platform for social media. Others worry that today’s VR systems are closer to the 1990s Apple Newton than the 2007 Apple iPhone. This talk will feature a short, personal history of AR and VR, a survey of some of current work, sample applications, and remaining problems. Current work with encouraging results include 3D acquisition of dynamic, populated spaces; compact and wide field-of-view AR displays; low-latency and high-dynamic range AR display systems; and AR lightfield displays that may reduce the accommodation-vergence conflict.

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Henry Fuchs (PhD, Utah, 1975) is the Federico Gil Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill, coauthor of over 200 papers, mostly on rendering algorithms (BSP Trees), graphics hardware (Pixel-Planes), head-mounted / near-eye and large-format displays, virtual and augmented reality, telepresence, medical and training applications. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of the 2013 IEEE VGTC Virtual Reality Career Award, and the 2015 ACM SIGGRAPH Steven Anson Coons Award.

Created: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017