VRoamer Generates On-The-Fly VR Experiences While Walking Through Buildings

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  1. cageymaru

    cageymaru [H]ard as it Gets

    Apr 10, 2003
    VRoamer is a new Microsoft Research project that generates VR worlds on-the-fly while users walk through unknown building environments. Players can wear their HMD and no longer have to rely on artificial locomotion techniques such as teleportation. They simply walk through their environment and the game is built around them. This is possible through the use of a wearable tech camera that scans the environment in front of the user and visualizes a playable virtual world. The system paints its virtual environment over real world objects such as doors. The system keeps the user safe from objects in the real world, even though those objects are hidden to the user. Transitions are done through corridors that are constructed to the available space in the user's environment. Players can open real doors to progress the game and the corridors may contain weapons, enemies, keys, etc. Objects that suddenly appear in a user's environment such as other people may become skeletons or traps.

    In this paper, we present VRoamer, which enables users to walk unseen physical spaces for which VRoamer procedurally generates a virtual scene on-the-fly. Scaling to the size of office buildings, VRoamer extracts walkable areas and detects physical obstacles in real time using inside-out tracking, instantiates pre-authored virtual rooms if their sizes fit physically walkable areas or otherwise generates virtual corridors and doors that lead to undiscovered physical areas.

    The use of these virtual structures that connect pre-authored scenes on-the-fly allow VRoamer to (1) temporarily block users' passage, thus slowing them down while increasing VRoamer's insight into newly discovered physical areas, (2) prevent users from seeing changes beyond the current virtual scene, and (3) obfuscate the appearance of physical environments. VRoamer animates virtual objects to reflect dynamically discovered changes of the physical environment, such as people walking by or obstacles that become apparent only with closer proximity.
  2. greenman

    greenman Gawd

    Jul 17, 2007
    Instead of a dungeon builder, I'd rather it detect all the house walls and allow the ability to make it into a much richer virtual home on the beach.
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  3. Spidey329

    Spidey329 [H]ardForum Junkie

    Dec 15, 2003
    With co-op, so we can all feel a tad better together as we move into shanties.
  4. AtomClock

    AtomClock [H]Lite

    Jul 7, 2018
    Today, malls are dying because of the ease of internet purchasing... In the future, a mall will become a huge virtual environment where thousands of people will be walking around wearing headsets and not a one will be interacting IRL. It's actually kind of scary to think about.
  5. Wiffle

    Wiffle Limp Gawd

    Oct 2, 2011
    This sounds all great and dandy... until your guild decides to run a 40 man raid at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D.C.

    It would probably make for some "killer" car games though...
  6. Galvin

    Galvin 2[H]4U

    Jan 22, 2002
    This was done in Johnny english strikes again
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  7. fs123

    fs123 Limp Gawd

    Jun 26, 2010
    Yes, can see people beating up real people who they think are in-game enemies. This system looks like it will get people in trouble.
  8. xorbe

    xorbe [H]ardness Supreme

    Sep 26, 2008
    Great, I just need to upgrade to a house with a 50x100 foot living room like the cafeteria in the demo video.
  9. Darunion

    Darunion 2[H]4U

    Oct 6, 2010
    Once the porn industry has a game for this though....
  10. sw33tlou

    sw33tlou n00b

    Jul 3, 2013
    Google is working on a holodeck that does not require glasses so these companies making VR glasses better make all the money they can while they can.