A Tabletop for the Natural Inspection of Decorative Surfaces

Anton Kindsvater, David Eibich, Martin Weier, André Hinkenjann
ICAT-EGVE 2021 - International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence and Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments, page 63-72 - 2021
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Abstract

Designs for decorative surfaces, such as flooring, must cover several square meters to avoid visible repeats. While the use of desktop systems is feasible to support the designer, it is challenging for a non-domain expert to get the right impression of the appearances of surfaces due to limited display sizes and a potentially unnatural interaction with digital designs. At the same time, large-format editing of structure and gloss is becoming increasingly important. Advances in the printing industry allow for more faithful reproduction of such surface details. Unfortunately, existing systems for visualizing surface designs cannot adequately account for gloss, especially for non-domain experts. Here, the complex interaction of light sources and the camera position must be controlled using software controls. As a result, only small parts of the data set can be properly inspected at a time. Also, real-world lighting is not considered here. This work presents a system for the processing and realistic visualization of large decorative surface designs. To this end, we present a tabletop solution that is coupled to a live 360° video feed and a spatial tracking system. This allows for reproducing natural view-dependent effects like real-world reflections, live image-based lighting, and the interaction with the design using virtual light sources employing natural interaction techniques that allow for a more accurate inspection even for non-domain experts.

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BibTex references

@InProceedings{KEWH21,
  author       = {Kindsvater, Anton and Eibich, David and Weier, Martin and Hinkenjann, Andr{\'e}},
  title        = {A Tabletop for the Natural Inspection of Decorative Surfaces},
  booktitle    = {ICAT-EGVE 2021 - International Conference on Artificial Reality and Telexistence and Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments},
  pages        = {63-72},
  year         = {2021},
  publisher    = {The Eurographics Association},
}

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