Professor Tomás Dorta compared the virtual reality experience with two different systems: the one with VR headsets versus one with an immersive projection system using a concave-spherical screen, developed by his research team and called Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D (Hyve-3D). He immersed 20 subjects whom preferred the virtual reality without headsets, because they could interact with other viewers and share their impressions in real time.
On May 19, Paris’s first virtual reality (VR) theatre opened its doors. It promises viewers an unparalleled experience using VR headsets and headphones that propel them into a virtual world for 40-minute shows. Yet the designer Tomás Dorta, a professor at the University of Montreal, does not believe in it. “Viewers wearing individual headsets are isolated from others, which is contrary to the collective experience we are looking for when we go to the movies,” he explained.
With two doctoral students, Sana Boudhraâ and Davide Pierini, he wanted to measure the virtual reality experience and compared VR headsets with an immersive projection system using a concave-spherical screen, developed by his research team and called Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D (Hyve-3D). He immersed 20 subjects of various ages in both types of virtual environments and noted their reactions and behaviour. “Ultimately, the people much preferred the virtual reality without headsets, because they could interact with other viewers and share their impressions in real time. They appreciated the social aspect of the experience,” said the researcher, who published his findings in the ACM Digital Library on October 28, the same day he presented his study at the 28e Conférence francophone sur l’interaction homme-machine, held in Fribourg, Switzerland.
While viewers using VR headsets must continuously look around to explore the scene, which often hinders the storytelling and the cinema experience, Hyve-3D viewers miss none of the action and have the same immersive feeling. Moreover, VR headsets restrict users to an individual experience, in which a big part of the non-verbal communication (i.e., facial expressions, gestures, and postures) is precluded, notes the article’s abstract.
Le Monde disappointed
The study’s conclusions are consistent with those of the newspaper Le Monde’s “Chronique des révolutions numériques,” whose authors visited the City of Light’s virtual reality theatre on May 19. “The experience met expectations and the films lived up to technology’s promise,” said the article. “But the reality of VR can sometimes be unsettling for the viewer: contact with a column near the seat, screens that fog up in the heat of the action, or a sudden itchy eye, can quickly ruin the show.”
Dorta believes that fans of horror or action films would be much better served by a theatre equipped with a system such as Hyve-3D. He himself worked on a prototype that can be seen at the Hybridlab design research laboratory in the J.-Armand-Bombardier Pavilion, near Polytechnique Montréal. “It seems the market is going crazy for virtual reality,” he said. “In my opinion, VR headsets are not the way to go.”
His device is not limited to the entertainment industry. Using a computer tablet interface, professors and their students can literally walk into the projects they are working on. Matching words with action, he guided our Forum reporter through the halls of UdeM’s Faculty of Environmental Design, which he had previously modelled in 3D. “Architects and engineers could present their projects in the same way to their clients. Imagine entering the home or office you want to build. You could zoom into the bathroom, walk down the stairs, and go into every room,” all the while drawing in 3D.
A feature of his system even allows you to position the furniture. You can see your house being built right before your eyes… as if you were there.
The Université de Montréal (English translation: University of Montreal) (UdeM) is a public research university in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The francophone institution comprises thirteen faculties, more than sixty departments and two affiliated schools: the École Polytechnique (School of Engineering) and HEC Montréal (School of Business). It offers more than 650 undergraduate programmes and graduate programmes, including 71 doctoral programmes.The Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2012-2013 ranks the Université de Montréal at 84th place globally.
The university has Quebec’s largest sponsored research income and the third largest in Canada, allocating close to $524.1 million to research conducted in more than 150 research centres as of 2011. It is also part of the U15 universities. More than 55,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs, making it the second largest university in Canada in terms of student enrolment.
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As scientists continue to hunt for a material that will make it possible to pack more transistors on a chip, new research from McGill University and Université de Montréal adds to evidence that black phosphorus could emerge as a strong candidate.
In a study published today in Nature Communications, the researchers report that when electrons move in a phosphorus transistor, they do so only in two dimensions. The finding suggests that black phosphorus could help engineers surmount one of the big challenges for future electronics: designing energy-efficient transistors.
“Transistors work more efficiently when they are thin, with electrons moving in only two dimensions,” says Thomas Szkopek, an associate professor in McGill’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and senior author of the new study. “Nothing gets thinner than a single layer of atoms.”
In 2004, physicists at the University of Manchester in the U.K. first isolated and explored the remarkable properties of graphene — a one-atom-thick layer of carbon. Since then scientists have rushed to investigate a range of other two-dimensional materials. One of those is black phosphorus, a form of phosphorus that is similar to graphite and can be separated easily into single atomic layers, known as phosphorene.