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Obama on virtual reality: 'It's a brave new world'

Laura Barnes
Obama on virtual reality: 'It's a brave new world'

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shook hands in virtual reality while trying out the latest VR and 3D camera tech at Hannovermesse.

Obama and Merkel visited ifm’s exhibition stand to test out the world’s smallest 3D camera system for ‘quick identification of 3D scenes and automatic object recognition’.

The pair tried out a 3D camera developed by ifm subsidiary pmdtechnologies ag, together with a CardBoard headset, enabling them to see their hands in 3D and enable gesture recognition in virtual reality.

"It’s a brave new world!" stated a ‘delighted and impressed’ President Obama after a successful handshake with Chancellor Merkel in virtual reality.

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Asked by Obama about the possible applications that could be realised with this technology, Dr. Bernd Buxbaum, CEO and chairman of pmdtechnologies, listed: “Men-machine-interfaces, playing chess in the VR world, scanning objects or environments even with your smartphone to enable 3D collaboration or to share 3D objects.”

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The 3D camera is based on the time-of-flight (ToF) principle and measures the travel time of the IR-light emitted by the camera to the object and back, which results in a distance for each and every pixel of the 3D image sensor.

The result is either a depth map or a 3D point cloud that can be used for measurement, room and object scanning, AR/VR applications like hand tracking or augmentation.

pmd’s ToF architecture is flexible and scalable enough to be integrated even in smartphones that are already announced for the second half of 2016.

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