Three-dimensional image capturing and representation for multimedia ambiance communication

T. Ichikawa, S. Iwasawa, K. Yamada, T. Kanamaru, T. Naemura, K. Aizawa, Shigeo Morishima, T. Saito

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Multimedia Ambiance Communication is as a means of achieving shared-space communication in an immersive environment consisting of an arch-type stereoscopic projection display. Our goal is to enable shared-space communication by creating a photo-realistic three-dimensional (3D) image space that users can feel a part of. The concept of a layered structure defined for painting, such as long-range, mid-range, and short-range views, can be applied to a 3D image space. New techniques, such as two-plane expression, high quality panorama image generation and setting representation for image processing, 3D image representation and generation for photo-realistic 3D image space have been developed. Also, we propose a life-like avatar within the 3D image space. To obtain the characteristics of user's body, a human subject is scanned using a Cyberware™ whole body scanner. The output from the scanner, a range image, is a good start for modeling the avatar's geometric shape. A generic human surface model is fitted to the range image. The obtained model is topologically equivalent even if our method is applied to another subject. If a generic model with motion definitions is employed, and common motion rules can be applied to all models made from the generic model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsA.J. Woods, M.T. Bolas, J.O. Merritt, S.A. Benton
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventStereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems VIII - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 2001 Jan 222001 Jan 25


OtherStereoscopic Displays and Virtual Reality Systems VIII
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA



  • 3D image space
  • Layered structure
  • Life-like avatar
  • Multimedia ambiance communication
  • Setting representation
  • Two-plane expression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Ichikawa, T., Iwasawa, S., Yamada, K., Kanamaru, T., Naemura, T., Aizawa, K., Morishima, S., & Saito, T. (2001). Three-dimensional image capturing and representation for multimedia ambiance communication. In A. J. Woods, M. T. Bolas, J. O. Merritt, & S. A. Benton (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 4297, pp. 132-140)