Title: Full Field Communication: Challenges and future experiences with realtime capture and transport of ultra-high resolution light and sound fields
Abstract: Full field communication' will ultimately capture and transport full light and sound fields of data in realtime across future IP networks, going far beyond today's conventional 'tele-presence' systems into a new realm of virtual 'tele-portation' systems. Although much attention is currently focused on head-mounted displays and immersive goggles that are well suited for games, these HMDs are not proven to be effective in productivity or business applications. Recent announcements from HMD manufacturers have had a lot of sizzle but provided little evidence to indicate that the benefits will likely outweigh the costs of discomfort, social stigma and the results of human factors studies that indicate poor suitability of HMDs in real-world tasks. In contrast, future large-scale video/light-field displays, combined with high-speed networks, will allow people to engage in activities most of us only dream of today: diagnose and treat patients with full visual detail, repair complex machinery, climb Mount Everest, visit the Taj Mahal, drive a Formula 1 car, attend World Cup Football, jump from a plane, dive the Great Coral Reef, shop exotic bazaars around the world and more. This presentation will describe the theoretical upper bounds of data transmission needed to achieve the virtual remote reality of full field communication. The initial Huawei prototype toward that goal called MirrorSys is designed to meet the extreme limits of human visual and auditory perception in a full-size, high definition, real-time sharing and communication system.