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Open Access Holostream: High-Accuracy, High-Speed 3D Range Video Encoding and Streaming Across Standard Wireless Networks

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Holostream is a novel platform which enables high-quality 3D video communication on mobile devices (e.g., iPhones, iPads) using existing standard wireless networks. The major contributions are: (1) a novel high-quality 3D video compression method that drastically reduces both 3D geometry and color texture data sizes in order to transmit them within the bandwidths provided by existing wireless networks; (2) a novel pipeline for 3D video recording, encoding, compression, decompression, visualization and interaction; and (3) a demonstration system which successfully delivered video-rate, photorealistic 3D video content through a standard wireless network to mobile devices. The novel platform improves the quality and expands upon the capabilities of popular applications already utilizing real-time 3D data delivery, such as teleconferencing and telepresence. This technology could also enable emerging applications which may require highresolution, high-accuracy 3D video data delivery, such as remote robotic surgery and telemedicine.
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Keywords: 3D communications; 3D compression; 3D imaging; 3D scanning; 3D video; 3D video processing; mobile devices; telepresence

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 28, 2018

This article was made available online on January 13, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Holostream: High-accuracy, high-speed 3D range video encoding and streaming across standard wireless networks".

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