SideBySide is a prototype system developed at Disney Research for ad-hoc multi-user interaction using a mobile camera and a hybrid visible/infrared light mobile projector. From completely separate devices, projected imagery can interact and respond to other imagery as if they share the same screen. The system tracks multiple projected images in relation to one another using invisible fiducial markers projected in infrared.
SideBySide allows new interaction scenarios where users are not tied to a fixed location. For example, exchanging digital content, such as personal contact information or media files, can be initiated using lightweight optical communication. Projector games can be played by multiple users with characters that interact together from separate devices. As the system does not require sensing hardware installed in the environment, interaction can take place almost anywhere.
Created by: Karl D.D. Willis, Ivan Poupyrev, Scott E. Hudson, & Moshe Mahler.
Special Thanks: Christopher Ioffreda, Yu Willis, Cheng Xu, Jo Ana Parker, Sharon Hoosein, and Mark D Gross