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Virtual reality unprecedented artistic and technical experience

Virtual reality unprecedented artistic and technical experience


For the first time , a dancer and musicians located in 3 different countries were brought together for a virtually unprecedented spectacle. Preliminary technical and artistic, which was attended by one hundred professionals on the occasion of European digital conference in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Imagine a dancer in Grenoble , musicians in Barcelona , others in Poznan, Poland ... and a single musician in Vilnius, Lithuania face real spectators. This is the challenge a little crazy but nevertheless succeeded in early November by teams of INRIA , Grenoble INP, the Supercomputing and Networking Center ( PSNC ) in Poznan and i2CAT foundation in Barcelona, ​​as part of a project carried by Visionair , supported by the 7th framework Programme for research and Development ( PCRD) European infrastructure. In Grenoble INP, the MOAIS MORPHEO and laboratory teams Kuntzmann Jean ( LJK ) and the G- SCOP laboratory pilot Visionair infrastructure were maneuvering .
Visionair cooperated in this major operation with the European project specific , the object is the linking of creative spaces .

The dancer , who was in the premises of Grimage , platform common virtual reality and Inria Grenoble INP Montbonnot was accompanied by musicians in Spain, Poland and Lithuania. Evolving in a monochrome room, his body and his movements were captured by cameras whose images were used to reconstruct a 3D model of the artist in real time. At first , the profile of the dancer is recut to develop a model consisting of a set of triangular faces in 3D ( polyhedron ) . This is then placed with the musicians in a virtual scene . The dancer is colored texture mapping reproduced from images captured in real time.

This is sent via the network broadband Vilnius, and projected onto a screen in front of spectators and the attendant Lithuanian . During the show , the dancer also danced with his clones , demonstrating that the numerical model obtained is infinitely reproducible . "To get a perfect synchronization of dance music, he had to juggle time calculations and audio and video transmission from one country to another, explains Frédéric Noël , teacher at Grenoble INP - Industrial Engineering and researcher GSCOP laboratory . With more resources, including more powerful computers and 3D projection systems in Vilnius , the dancer could be viewed in 3D stereoscopy or as a hologram in the auditorium . "

Beyond the 3D reconstruction , there is behind this new experience demonstrated some ability to control the Grenoble scientific networks flows. "All data must flow simultaneously in high-speed ( up to 1 Gbit / s) , which in this case was carried out on a non- secure broadband network . " Of course we can also imagine applications in the field of telepresence, which would allow two people away from each other to meet in a virtual space with a strong sense of presence of each other, but also industrial robotics example. This opens a whole field of inquiry into the use, acceptability and performance of these techniques telepresence .

This experiment was carried out in the framework of international agreements infrastructure Visionair , who coordinated technical support teams PSNC in Poznan and i2CAT in Barcelona, ​​Grimage platform and the G- SCOP laboratory. "If the basic technologies exist and are located in Europe , the strength of the organization is Visionair use cases integrating these resources and the provision for non-specialist users of the underlying technologies . What we do today artists can be replicated in many other contexts where visualization and interaction are required. "

You will find an explanation of this unique experience in the regional newspaper of November 13, France 3 , France Inter and newspaper 7am .

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Contacts:

    
Frédéric Noël : G- SCOP laboratory , scientific coordinator VISIONAIR
    
Bruno Raffin : member of the team MOAIS (LIG )
    
Jean- Sebastien Franco: Member MORPHEO team ( Jean laboratory Kuntzmann ( LJK ) )

" The work described here was funded by the Européene community under the 7th framework program for research and development through the approval of infrastructure funding (I3) VISIONAIR 262044 . "contribute.

Date of update May 20, 2014

Univ. Grenoble Alpes