Virtual presentation of wide environment by constructing Omni-directional light field

Hiroshi Todoroki, Hideo Saito

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We present a way of capturing the visual appearance of a real environment such as the interior of a room. We propose a method for generating arbitrary viewpoint images by constructing a light field with an omni-directional camera. In this method, the omni-directional camera positions of input image sequences are automatically estimated by extending Zhang's homography-based camera calibration method to omni-directional cameras. We also use a B-Tree data structure for the light field, to improve the efficiency of virtual view image synthesis. Thus our method allows the user to explore a virtual environment with a wide field of view that achieves a realistic representation. To demonstrate the proposed method, we captured our lab's interior with an omni-directional camera, and successfully generated arbitrary viewpoint images for a virtual tour of the lab environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1489-1496
Number of pages8
JournalKyokai Joho Imeji Zasshi/Journal of the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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