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Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One


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A DreamWalker uses walks through a park while navigating a virtual environment.

Microsoft has created virtual reality solutions that allow users to remain immersed in virtual environments when walking in real-life locations.

Credit: Microsoft Research

Microsoft researchers have designed virtual reality (VR) solutions to allow users to remain fully immersed in virtual environments, even when walking in real-life locations.

Microsoft's DreamWalker involves advance planning of a real-world path through an outdoor environment and corresponding virtual setting based on geolocation data, with updates on the fly as necessary.

Potential obstacles users encounter are recorded by real-time sensors in the VR equipment, including a dual-band global positioning system sensor, red-green-blue depth cameras, and a Windows Mixed Reality-provided relative position trace. Such impediments may be replaced by virtual counterparts, while arrows guide users in safe directions.

DreamWalker also employs Microsoft's Mise-Unseen eye-tracking technology, so VR surroundings can be revised while the user is looking at something else.

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