Dual Reality: Merging the Real and Virtual
Author(s)Lifton, Joshua; Paradiso, Joseph A.
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This paper proposes the convergence of sensor networks and virtual worlds not only as a possible solution to their respective limitations, but also as the beginning of a new creative medium. In such a \dual reality," both real and virtual worlds are complete unto themselves, but also enhanced by the ability to mutually reflect, influence, and merge by means of sensor/actuator networks deeply embedded in everyday environments. This paper describes a full implementation of a dual reality system using a popular online virtual world and a human- centric sensor network designed around a common electrical power strip. Example applications (e.g., browsing sensor networks in online virtual worlds), interaction techniques, and design strategies for the dual reality domain are demonstrated and discussed.
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DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Media Laboratory; Program in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
First International Conference on Facets of Virtual Environments, FaVE 2009
Lifton, Joshua and Joseph A. Paradiso. "Dual Reality: Merging the Real and Virtual." FaVE 2009, First International Conference on Facets of Virtual Environments, July 27-29, 2009, Steigenberger Hotel Berlin, Germany.
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