[VR 2019] Symmetrical reality: Toward a unified framework for physical and virtual reality


In this paper, we review the background of physical reality, virtual reality, and some traditional mixed forms of them. Based on the current knowledge, we propose a new unified concept called symmetrical reality to describe the physical and virtual world in a unified perspective. Under the framework of symmetrical reality, the traditional virtual reality, augmented reality, inverse virtual reality, and inverse augmented reality can be interpreted using a unified presentation. We analyze the characteristics of symmetrical reality from two different observation locations (i.e., from the physical world and from the virtual world), where all other forms of physical and virtual reality can be treated as special cases of symmetrical reality.

In 2019 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR)
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Zhenliang Zhang
Zhenliang Zhang
Research Scientist of AI

My research interests include wearable computing, machine learning, Cognitive Reasoning, and mixed/virtual reality.