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Enjoy Magical Experience as A Group with Disney's Magic Bench

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By hatakeDate: Aug 04 2017 Views:

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Disney is a world full of fairy tales, we need to be mindful of the magic happens at there. Recently, Disney Research has come up with a new way to allow multiple people to experience the same augmented reality experience while in the same room — without wearing a headset or holding a mobile device.  It's Magic Bench.

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It's a combined augmented and mixed reality experience, but not the type that involves wearing a head-mounted display or using a handheld device. Instead, the surroundings are instrumented rather than the individual, allowing people to share the magical experience as a group.

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People seated on the Magic Bench can see themselves in a mirrored image on a large screen in front of them, creating a third person point of view. The scene is reconstructed using a depth sensor, allowing the participants to actually occupy the same 3D space as a computer-generated character or object, rather than superimposing one video feed onto another.

But the immersive goes beyond the visual and bleeds into the realm of touch as well. Underneath the bench is an array of haptic actuators that correspond to the movements of the virtual character, giving the real person sitting on the bench the sense that a physical being with weight and impact is sharing the bench with them. 

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The research team will present and demonstrate the Magic Bench at SIGGRAPH 2017, the Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Conference, beginning July 30 in Los Angeles. 

Source: mashable

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