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April 10, 2017

A paper co-authored by graduate students David Dunn, Kent Torell and Cary Tippets and professor Henry Fuchs received the Best Paper award at IEEE VR 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

The paper, titled “Wide Field Of View Varifocal Near-Eye Display using See-through Deformable Membrane Mirrors,” was a collaboration between researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics and Nvidia. It was authored by David Dunn, Cary Tippets, Kent Torell, Petr Kellnhofer, Kaan Aksit, Piotr Didyk, Karol Myszkowski , David Luebke and Henry Fuchs.

The award-winning paper describes an augmented reality display capable of overcoming challenges related to depth cues, field of view or resolution that plague displays which are optimized to solve a single problem. The display presented in the paper utilizes a single see-through, varifocal, deformable membrane mirror for each eye. The two flexible panes are maneuvered by the display so that objects projected toward the wearer’s eyes can be skewed to appear closer to or further from the wearer. Because the mirror panes are so flexible, projected objects can be quickly moved to different depths. Projecting onto large, see-through panes allows for a wide, unobstructed field of view.

For more information about the paper or the augmented reality display, visit the UNC Telepresence group’s website.