Our visit to the b<>com booth starts with Jérôme Royan, Immersive Interactions lab Manager, telling us about the use of mixed reality for fitting out rooms.
Virtual reality, mixed reality, and remote collaboration are all concepts you touch on in your presentation. What actual scenario did you demonstrate?
How did visitors react?
Many of them enjoyed the feeling of immersion they got from the realistic images and virtual reality headset.
Why did you choose layouts of space for this demo?
We had the opportunity to make ourselves the use case because right now we're fitting out our own campus (to be completed by the end of the year). Real estate and urban planning are dynamic fields that are always looking for new technologies to better customize the solutions on offer, approve the plans, or help clients visualize the end result. However, we are also working with heavy industry, because we feel that remote collaboration has applications in the maintenance sector. The "factory of the future" is a frequent topic of discussion. Because these interactive solutions are fully adaptable, we believe there are applications in medicine, tourism, art, culture, and entertainment, to name just some.
What issues are being addressed by your laboratory?
First, we're working to facilitate interaction with large quantities of data in an immersive environment. Second, we're trying to erase the perceived distance in immersive collaboration. Finally, and this is critical to the success of these devices, we're trying to offer the user the best possible experience. To do so, we're working together with the Usage and Acceptability lab to look into what is needed to make these virtual and augmented reality systems psychologically and physiologically acceptable.