Motivation & Project Description Given the fact of the Telekom AG interest in Internet TV (IPTV) one of the key issues is giving a user a complete freedom to interact with the broadcasted video. The main idea is that the user can arbitrary choose a new viewpoint from which he wants to view the scene and to be in full control of changing the viewpoint anytime he wants. It is possible to imagine plenty of scenarios where this will be very useful feature: sport events, movies and entertainment programs. The system which will provide such a service has to be based on multi-camera system which film the scene simulateniously. The 3D representation of the scene has to be reconstructed from those synchronized multiple videos in real time and multicasted to the multiple users. Having a complete textured 3D representation of the scene one is able to move a virtual camera around the scene in any freely chosen viewpoint. Having the 3D information and the texture on the client side the user can freely change his view point while the scene is dynamically changing, to freeze the scene and move around and eventually augment the scene by changing the surroundings. The following topics will be covered by this project:
Expected Outcome: The project consists of research and technology parts. The research should result in scientific publications and patents, while technology part should produce a demonstrator for T-Galleries.
Time Frame: 07/2007 – 07/2010
T-labs Team Members: Rahul Swaminathan, Slobodan Ilic, Vladan Velisavljevic, Michael Rohs
Partners: PERCEPTION, INRIA, Rhone-Alpes / HHI, Fraunhofer Institut, Berlin / GRASP Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania
Funding by: Deutsche Telekom Laboratories