Geollery: Social Media Metaverse in Virtual and Augmented Reality

We present Geollery, an interactive mixed reality social media platform for creating, sharing, and exploring geotagged information. Geollery introduces a real-time pipeline to progressively render an interactive mirrored world with three-dimensional (3D) buildings, internal user-generated content, and external geotagged social media. This mirrored world allows users to see, chat, and collaborate with remote participants with the same spatial context in an immersive virtual environment. We describe the system architecture of Geollery, its key interactive capabilities, and our design decisions. Finally, we conduct a user study with 20 participants to qualitatively compare Geollery with another social media system, Social Street View. Based on the participants' responses, we discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each system and derive key insights for designing an interactive mirrored world with geotagged social media. User feedback from our study reveals several use cases for Geollery including travel planning, virtual meetings, and family gathering.

Publications

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Geollery: A Mixed Reality Social Media Platform

Ruofei Du, David Li, and Amitabh Varshney
Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2019.
Keywords: metaverse, virtual reality, augmented reality, social media, GIS, street view, visualization, 3D user interface, 3D reconstruction, digital twins, mirrored world
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Social Street View: Blending Immersive Street Views With Geo-Tagged Social Media

Ruofei Du and Amitabh Varshney
Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Web3D Technology (Web3D), 2016.
Keywords: metaverse, spatial-temporal virtual reality; social media; street view; geographical information systems; mixed reality; WebGL; digital twins
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Fusing Multimedia Data Into Dynamic Virtual Environments

Ruofei Du
Ph.D. Dissertation, Computer Science Department., University of Maryland, College Park., 2018.
Keywords: social street view, geollery, spherical harmonics, 360 video, multiview video, montage4d, haptics, cryptography, metaverse, mirrored world
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Project Geollery.com: Reconstructing a Live Mirrored World With Geotagged Social Media

Ruofei Du, David Li, and Amitabh Varshney
Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Web3D Technology (Web3D), 2019.
Keywords: virtual reality, mixed reality, 360° image, GIS, 3D reconstruction, projection mapping, mirrored world, social media, WebGL, metaverse, mirrored world
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Experiencing a Mirrored World With Geotagged Social Media in Geollery

Ruofei Du, David Li, and Amitabh Varshney
Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA), 2019.
Keywords: virtual reality, augmented reality, social media, GIS, street view, visualization, 3D user interface, 3D reconstruction, metaverse, mirrored world
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Interactive Fusion of 360° Images for a Mirrored World

Ruofei Du, David Li, and Amitabh Varshney
2019 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (VR), 2019.
Keywords: virtual reality, 360° image, 3D reconstruction, mixed reality, projection mapping, mirrored world, metaverse, mirrored world
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Systems, Devices, and Methods for Generating a Social Street View

Ruofei Du and Amitabh Varshney
US Patent 10,380,726, 2016.
Keywords: virtual reality; social media; street view; geographical information systems; mixed reality; WebGL

Videos

Project Geollery.com: Reconstructing a Live Mirrored World With Geotagged Social Media


Social Street View: Blending Immersive Street Views With Geo-Tagged Social Media


Talks

Fusing Physical and Virtual Worlds into An Interactive Metaverse Teaser Image.

Fusing Physical and Virtual Worlds into An Interactive Metaverse

Ruofei Du

Invited Talk at UCLA by Prof. Yang Zhang , Remote Talk.


Polymerizing Physical and Virtual Worlds into  An Interactive Metaverse Teaser Image.

Polymerizing Physical and Virtual Worlds into An Interactive Metaverse

Ruofei Du

Invited Talk by Prof. Arthur Theil at Birmingham City University , Remote Talk.


Blending Physical and Virtual Worlds into  An Interactive Metaverse Teaser Image.

Blending Physical and Virtual Worlds into An Interactive Metaverse

Ruofei Du

Invited Talk at Wayne State University , Remote Talk.


Fusing Physical and Virtual Worlds into 
Interactive Mixed Reality Teaser Image.

Fusing Physical and Virtual Worlds into Interactive Mixed Reality

Ruofei Du

Invited Talk at George Mason University , Remote Talk.


Interactive Fusion of 360° Images for a Mirrored World Teaser Image.

Interactive Fusion of 360° Images for a Mirrored World

Ruofei Du

VR 2019, Osaka, Japan.


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