Second Surface

Second surface: multi-user spatial collaboration system based on augmented reality
Shunichi Kasahara, Valentin Heun, Austin S. Lee and Hiroshi Ishii / MIT media lab 2012

An environment for creative collaboration is significant for enhancing human communication and expressive activities. We introduce Second Surface, a novel multi-user Augmented reality system that fosters a real-time interaction for user-generated contents on top of the physical environment. This interaction takes place in the physical surroundings of everyday objects such as trees or houses. Our system allows users to place three dimensional drawings, texts, and photos relative to such objects and share this expression with any other person who uses the same software at the same spot. Second Surface explores a vision that integrates collaborative virtual spaces into the physical space. Our system can provide an alternate reality that generates a playful and natural interaction in an everyday setup.

References

  • Shunichi Kasahara, Valentin Heun, Austin S. Lee, and Hiroshi Ishii. 2012. Second surface: multi-user spatial collaboration system based on augmented reality. In SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 Emerging Technologies (SA ’12). ACM,
    http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2407727 (Emerging Technologies Prize)
  • Second Surface was selected for Jury Selections, Japan media festival 2013

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